Here's a collection of this week's product and service announcements for small and midsized companies. For a listing...
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RapidFax.com offers SMBs an online fax service
RapidFax.com, an e-mail based fax service aimed at the small- and home-office market, launched this month.
A service offered by Piscataway, N.J.-based EasyLink Services Corp., RapidFax.com offers online signup, instant activation, credit card billing, an online interface and integration with Microsoft Office 2003. The service uses an existing e-mail account and broadband connection to send faxes, as a way to replace separate fax lines. The service costs $9.95 per month or an annual fee of $109.45.
Microsoft small business accounting software for fall
Microsoft Corp. is predicting a fall release of its Small Business Accounting 2006 software. The software is intended to manage the finances of companies with up to 25 employees and has a design similar to other Office products. A beta trial of the product has been available since November. The price is expected to be about $200 and will be available only in the U.S.
Small Business Accounting 2006 will also be bundled into Microsoft Office Small Business Management Edition 2006, which includes Word, Excel, Outlook 2003 with Business Contact Manager Update.
Ingenica's new printer targets SMBs
Toronto, Ont.-based Ingenica Ltd. announced this week the release of its UniPrint Terminal Server Edition printing software. The company says the $845 application is designed and priced to offer enterprise-level printing performance to SMBs working within a Microsoft Corp. terminal server environment. The application converts print requests into PDF format to streamline the process.
A trial version of UniPrint Terminal Server Edition can be downloaded from www.uniprint.net, or purchased through one of Ingenica's resellers.
Ingenica is a Bell Canada Company.
"Best SMB Channel Partner" WatchGuard joins with Citrix
Seattle, Wash.-based WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. has partnered with Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Citrix Systems, Inc., to release a new network security appliance aimed at SMBs. The WatchGuard Firebox SSL Core VPN Gateway with Citrix Secure Access offers SMBs a secure way for up to 205 remote workers to connect to core applications through the Internet. Pricing starts at $2,790.
The two companies expect to coordinate marketing and sales activities and develop additional SSL VPN products for SMB customers.
Also, WatchGuard was named last week as the "Best SMB Channel Partner" by Bethesda, Maryland-based ASCII Group, an independent computer reseller group with more than 2,000 members in North America.