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Windows 8: The official review

The new operating system improves substantially on Windows 7, but Microsoft’s efforts to woo mobile-device users may leave traditional desktop PC owners feeling abandoned.

Review: Adobe Acrobat XI Pro advances the paperless office concept, but also highlights obstacles

Trees will find a lot to like in the new Acrobat, but Adobe's implementation of a paperless workflow may not make it easy enough for businesses to change their ways.

TweetDeck: Now in classic and Twitter flavors

Twitter's influence on TweetDeck is becoming more apparent in this major new version, with the option of a new, lighter look. We review the new features, including a column navigator that makes it easy to customize the layout.

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Group chat showdown: Which instant messaging service is best for your business?

Campfire, Hipchat, and Imo.im provide virtual rooms for important discussions. Which one works best for business?

Payroll services in the cloud: Intuit vs. ADP

When running a small business, you want to keep your staff happy with timely, accurate paychecks. Which cloud-based payroll service does the better job: Intuit Online Payroll or RUN by ADP?

Web conferencing showdown: What's the best software for online meetings?

Web conferencing can power anything from a quick, two-person pow-wow to an all-hands assembly. We test-drive four services to find a crowd-pleaser.

Holly is a seriously simple to-do list, no accounts required

Holly is a simple and beautiful Web app for creating, managing, and sharing to-do lists. It's not for large-scale project management, but for day-to-day tasks, it works just fine.

Ultra Recall offers flexible outlining and data management

In both Standard and Professional versions, Ultra Recall is a powerful, feature-rich outlining tool.

Rein in your inbox and schedule email reminders with Right Inbox

Right Inbox blends into Gmail, letting you easily follow up on emails or schedule them for later sending. It doesn't do anything that's never been done before, but it does more (and more inexpensively) than anything else.

Simplify the Web with these free Chrome extensions

The Web doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all. Eliminate distractions from your favorite sites, or the entire Web, and you can comfortably focus on the content that suits you.

Make Facebook Baby-Free With Unbaby.me

Instead of a smiling baby peering up at your from your Facebook newsfeed, you can see a cute kitty, or a big tub of bacon, or whatever you prefer.

MultiMi Brings Your Entire Online Presence Under One AVG-Secured Client

MultiMi is an original take on social clients, but in its current form, it's not necessarily better.

Vimium Grants Chrome Hotkey Superpowers

Vimium is a Chrome extension that adds a rich set of shortcut keys for opening links, navigating pages, and more.