Software Briefs: QuickBooks, CA, Corel

Software Briefs: QuickBooks, CA, Corel

QuickBooks assault market

Quicken has launched an assault on the SME market with the release of its QuickBooks 2003 software. The range of packages – Lite, Small Business, Plus and Pro – incorp­orate accounting and decision tools for businesses with between one and 20 staff. The new software was formally released to 1500 resellers, SME owners and accountants at a Business Options event in Melbourne last week. Quicken estimates there are 1.1 million SME businesses in Australia. QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions, due for release in the second half of 2003, will target medium-sized businesses with up to 150 staff.

Dual threat to viruses

Computer Associates (CA) has released the seventh version of its eTrust Antivirus software. Several components of the solution, including one of the scanning engines, were developed at its Australian research and development centre. The software uses dual scanning engines, developed independently of each other and using different detection techniques, which CA claims will significantly increase security levels by reducing the potential for a single scan engine failure. Priced at $59 per user, eTrust Antivirus v7 includes daily, digitally-signed signature updates.

It’s a Perfect 11

The latest version of Corel’s WordPerfect Office productivity software suite will debut in the US next month with deeper XML integ­ration and other features. WordPerfect Office 11 will also include an option to use the new Classic Mode for users who are familiar and comfortable with the former WordPerfect 5.1 version. The enhanced XML authoring capabilities will allow users to directly publish to XML for the first time from the suite’s WordPerfect, Quattro Pro or Presentations applications. The suite will be sold in Standard and Professional versions. Corel has been trying to increase its market share in the office productivity software segment that is dominated by Microsoft Office.

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