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Microsoft Power BI for Windows is a free tool that helps gather and present your business data in an easy-to-read graphical format. Rather than having to wade through pages after page of Excel sheets and Google Analytics data, Microsoft Power BI transforms your company data into visually rich graphics to help you better identify trends and problems in your business.

Much like popular cloud-based business intelligence software, such as Sisense, Wave Analytics Cloud, and Zoho Reports, Microsoft Power BI helps you to spot trends and ultimately develop your business further by putting as much data in your hands as possible.


If you rely on PayPal for your daily transactions then PayPal Here for Windows is a useful app to help grow your business by enabling you to take payments on Windows.

PayPal Here is a secure and easy way to manage sales transactions including support for mobile devices so you take payments anywhere. PayPal Now enables users to enjoy support for back-office management, POS, and allows you to start accepting credit and debit card payments. Card payments can be taken on your PC or on the move with a mobile device thanks to PayPal’s free mobile card reader and app.


Let’s face it, invoices can be a pain in the butt. If you’re running a business then managing your invoices can take valuable time out of doing the work needed to make your business grow.

To help make the process easier, Zoho Invoice for Windows manages the entire invoicing procedure, making it easier to get paid and to ensure you pay your bills on time. As a result, Zoho Invoice can makes it much easier to manage invoices whether you’re a small business owner or freelancer so that you can focus more on your work. Zoho has a long standing reputation for producing great cloud business apps (e.g. Zoho CRM, Zoho Books, and Zoho Support) and is widely used by over 10 million users worldwide, making it one of the most popular cloud software providers on the planet.


There are many cloud services that allow you to upload and download your data from anywhere and Box is yet another multi-platform solution with a native Box app for Windows 8.

Box is already incredibly popular, with around 25 million users and 225,000 companies using it, including many Fortune 500 companies. Box offers a wealth of features and gives you a generous 10GB of free storage. Keep your eyes peeled because this can sometimes increase depending on Box promotions throughout the year. The Box app for Windows 8 makes it even easier to store, manage, and work with all your files and documents from your PC desktop.

The advantages of using a service like Box include the ability to access to all your files at all times, to always have the most up-to-date information about your business and to review projects and leave feedback on the go. And of course, if you’re a manager or team leader you can always keep tabs on the latest work from your team. This is particularly important for those that have large mobile workforces scattered across different regions or countries, although if your budget permits, you may be better off with a cloud-based collaboration app such as eXo Platform, Igloo Software, or Zoho Docs.


Effective management of relationships with customers is essential to the success of your business. Microsoft Dynamics CRM is Microsoft’s customer relationship management (CRM) business solution that aims to help companies market themselves smarter and sell more effectively.

As opposed to browser-based CRMs such as Insightly, Infusionsoft, and Pipedrive, Microsoft Dynamics CRM is packaged as a Windows 8 application that runs straight off your start screen.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM provides social insights, business intelligence, and productivity analysis to help you keep better tabs on your customers and opportunities. Microsoft Dynamics CRM is fully integrated with Microsoft Office and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online so that you can access your data wherever you are.


Firefox users everywhere, rejoice! Mozilla has announced that they are making available an early preview version of their browser that was built from the ground up for Windows 8.

The browser is an early alpha build called Aurora and the announcement comes slightly after the company announced that the final build of Firefox for Windows 8 has slipped to early 2014.


Over the last year we’ve seen the quality of Windows 8 applications gradually increase and now that Windows 8.1 is on the horizon, we’re starting to see some unique apps that really set the platform apart.

Newseen is one of these apps, which has a unique view on how to read news and does the job much better than many fully-fledged RSS readers on the internet.


Video conversion has become a popular topic with me lately. I purchased a Google TV a few months ago, using the device to retire my old HTPC, which ran Windows 7 with Media Center set to launch upon startup. The problem is this — not all of my ripped DVD’s were in a format recognized by Plex, which now serves my home media to the living room.

Since purchasing the Vizio Co-Star, I have been slowly but surely working my way through the re-encoding of almost all of our movies, most of which had been ripped to ISO files in order to retain all of the menus and extras. Unfortunately, Google TV will not allow me to keep those options, but this is not the end of the world — I do not really need them, it was just a nice touch.

My latest experiment is using TEncoder, which is a powerful tool for converting video and audio files from one format to another. The app holds a lot promise, but may not work for every need — more on that later.

One of the most annoying issues I have faced lately with my laptop is that it gets overheated. The most common reason why it happens is that nowadays, laptops are equipped with fast processors and hard drives. When they work in a small space, they end up reaching a high temperature.

I found out about this issue when my laptop automatically went to sleep after getting overheated. Since then, I started looking for a handy utility that can help me manage my laptop’s temperature and find out if its overheating. If you dont manage the temperature of your laptop, you may end up with a dead hard drive from which you cannot recover any data at all. It can even cause a greater damage to your processor as well which may not be the most cheapest thing to repair.

To make things easier, I started looking for apps that can help me manage my laptop’s temperature and ended up using BatteryCare.


GIFs are considered an important part of the internet. They are being used extensively on websites as buttons, icons, banners, advertisements and what not. If you are wondering about how to create those images, you should know that creating GIF images may not be one of the most easiest things to do. If you search the internet you will come across a number of tools that can help you create GIF images using GIMP and Photoshop as well but it can be a very time consuming task especially when you don’t have any experience in using these programs.

In case of web applications, they may be better when it comes to creating GIF animations but they may not provide you with as many features as a desktop tool and may not be as simple as you think. Today, we came across a very handy desktop utility, GIFCam that allows users to create animated GIFs from their desktop. It’s more of a screen recording app that records your actions and save them as GIF images.


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