When it comes to purchasing or installing software onto a computer, computer users are not left without a plethora of options. However, with all the options must come a degree of wisdom in order to make smart choices that work well with a company’s budget. Whether computer software comes free or with a monetary cost, the type of software included in these options ranges simple calculators to sophisticated programs used to run businesses in general. Knowing what the options are will help to make better-educated choices when deciding which software to install on company computers. Understanding the type of software one wishes to install is probably the first hurdle in making a decision.
For example, the category of software that Microsoft Word falls into is “word processor”. Word processor software is a type of software that allows typing and editing documents. If the type of software is known, then all one has to do is enter the type of software into a search engine such as Google and proceed with a search. Using the search criteria “word processors” will yield several results, including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Open Office, Libre Office, and Kingsoft. When presented with the options, the next step is to consider the budget and look closer at the costs and features of each option.
Some options will come with a monetary cost and some are free, regardless of the type of software being sought. Naturally, each has their pros and cons and must be weighed depending on the budget and general interests of the purchaser. Paid software typically comes with ongoing support from the manufacturer or different levels of support from the manufacturer, depending on how much money the purchaser wishes to pay. If the purchaser or its employees are not generally computer savvy, it might be better to go with a paid option, so as to take advantage of the support offered by the software manufacturer. Nevertheless, free software can save a lot of money if the purchaser and/or its employees possess the resources to make efficient use of the software.
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