Don't-Miss Productivity Stories

Do social media ads really work? We put them to the test!

We placed ads on AdWords, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and StumbleUpon. Which service provided the best ROI? The results will surprise you.

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Five essential Pokki apps bring the best of mobile and the Web to your desktop

Desktop apps can be lumbering beasts, but bloated browsers can make Web apps just as problematic. The Pokki platform runs sprightly Web and mobile apps on your desktop, no browser required.

Review: Skitch lets you visually highlight images to help your point

Skitch ties in tightly with its parent, Evernote, but can also be installed on its own. It's great for quickly marking up images and screenshots and sharing with friends, colleagues, or customers.

Review: Gmail Lite brings Gmail to your desktop via Pokki

Gmail Lite is an incredibly lightweight Gmail client that takes email out of your browser and brings it to your desktop. It runs on the Pokki platform.

Review: MindView 5 makes mind maps first-class citizens in the Office ecosystem

MindView 5 uses the familiar Ribbon interface and makes it simple to create and format mind maps, but is very pricey compared to the competition.

Review: Wunderlist for Pokki brings the to-do list (not the bloat) to your PC

If you're a Wunderlist user, the Pokki version of the app will look very familiar, with every feature you've come to expect from other versions of Wunderlist. However, it runs much lighter than the Windows version.

Review: Tweriod tells you when to tweet

Tweriod analyzes your tweets and your followers to find out when your tweets will reach the most people. It integrates with Buffer so that you can schedule your tweets to appear during those times.

Review: Get software directly from the vendor with a single click with DDownloads

DDownloads helps you download popular programs straight from the source. It's free, and for the programs on its list, it works well.

Review: Dexpot makes virtual desktops feel like a native part of Windows

With modular plugins and a wealth of settings, Dexpot lets you ease into the world of virtual desktops and tune things so they're just right.

Office showdown: Microsoft Office 365 vs. Google Apps

The world's most powerful online productivity suites duke it out for dominance. Which tools are best for your small business?

Power through Gmail with 21 time-saving tricks

Unearth Gmail's best-kept secrets to work faster, plow through your inbox, and put more controls at your fingertips.

Review: Free Editor lets you open and edit over 70 different file types for free

Free Editor is a free program for editing documents, spreadsheets, images, code files, Windows system files and more. Although it feels responsive, some UI issues make it less useful than it should be.

Review: Autostarter X3 automates your regular computer operations with batch files

A lot of what we do on a computer is repetitive work that can be easily automated to save us time and effort. Autostarter X3 is an app that can set up batch files for pre-defined tasks such as opening browsers, starting apps, and opening Web pages.