Don't-Miss Business Software Stories

Review: WebStorm 5 IDE provides powerful editing features and instant feedback for Web developers

WebStorm is a sophisticated IDE for JavaScript, HTML5, CSS, and other Web development languages.

Quicken 2013 vs. Mint: Is Intuit's free service better than its flagship software?

Both products deliver useful tools for tracking and planning your finances. One is free, but some would argue the other is less costly.

Review: Xmind Pro mind mapping utility has good intentions, but poor execution

XMind offers powerful diagramming capabilities, if you can get over its interface oddities. If you're used to the UI of the free demo version, though, you might enjoy the features the paid version adds.

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?

Add useful tools to your Skype desktop app with Pamela Professional

If you're a heavy user of Skype, or the owner of a small business, Pamela Professional a software app to get.

SpringPublisher adds maps, templates, and QR codes to your printed materials

SpringPublisher lets you create letterheads and business cards with simple templates, including maps and QR codes.

GS-Calc: A low-cost spreadsheet with a unique interface

GS-Calc continues to refine its niche as an inexpensive spreadsheet that's not an Excel clone. This version adds pivot table support and improves usability.

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.

5 free open source alternatives to Microsoft Office

Small businesses don't always need Microsoft Office software for word processing, spreadsheets, email, database and publishing tools.

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.

Sage 50 Complete Accounting 2013: Advanced Accounting Tools for Small Business

This accounting software provides all of the controls that an experienced accounting person could wish for.

Intuit QuickBooks Pro 2012 Review: The Perennial Leader Stays Strong

This package remains a solid choice of accounting software for small-business owners unfamiliar with accounting.