The truth is, when you are in your workplace you often have more things to do than what your job description says. You don’t have to worry about this because technology had been helping a lot of people, be it for work or for personal use. Since you are in a business setting, below is the list of the essential software that you should be installed on each and every machine in the office.
- Microsoft Office—An office would never be called an office without an office suite. You can name other alternatives for Microsoft Office solution, and it will still pale in comparison. MS Office’s feature sets are too robust. Provided that you purchased the enterprise version, the support is also unprecedented. You can always use free office solutions like LibreOffice, OpenOffice, or Google Docs. However, you must prepare for a tragic event later on. You are a business establishment, you communicate with other companies too. Good luck with keeping up the format and other compatibilities, because for sure, none of those free solutions are being used in an enterprise. Utilize online courses to become even more efficient in using Microsoft Office – as an example, using a course like this (site in Danish) will drastically improve the usability of Microsoft Excel.
- Cloud-based storage—If you are using Windows machines, you can opt in using its native cloud storage: SkyDrive. SkyDrive has a big advantage over its competitors because it is heavily integrated within the OS, especially with Windows 8. However, since you are in business, it’s better to hold out with your current operating system because a young OS has still lots of bugs, driver and software incompatibilities among other things. Windows 7 is already at its perfect stage. Back to the topic, other cloud-based storage solutions are also very competitive. Dropbox, for example, is one of the most beloved solutions because it doesn’t have an imposed file size limit for a single upload, as long as you use the desktop client and not the browser. Also, Dropbox has selective sync as its feature which SkyDrive severely lacks. If you don’t have problems with your bandwidth hitting the limit within a short span, or you have an unlimited bandwidth connection, feel free choose SkyDrive. One of the main advantages of SkyDrive is its large capacity up to 33 GB on installation; Dropbox starts at 2GB only. You can gain additional space up to 16 GB when you coerce everyone you know to download, install, and sign up for Dropbox.
- Texter—Texter would replace abbreviations with your commonly used phrases you programmed in. Meaning, you can type how you like it and it will come out how you WANT it. For example, I would write, “prdt” and programmed that it would show up as “product”. This would save a lot of time for everyone who wants to get the job done. You can list all your commonly misspelled and often used words for your business and make the program auto-correct it for you. You can also use this software across all of your programs, be it a Word document, browser, Evernote, everything, because it runs on the Windows system tray.
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Article by Sarah Del Rosario
Sarah Del Rosario is a Professional writer. She currently partners with officekonsulenterne.dk.