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Remember the dayâ€™s of free products? When you could use Microsoft office for free, free intranets, free versionâ€™s of messengers and internet browserâ€™s. The past few yearâ€™s everything has gone from free versionâ€™s to fee based versionâ€™s. However, it does seem like were merging back into the free era again. BlogsOpenForum.com posted an article regarding this very concept.
Microsoft now offerâ€™s a basic free version of their service, free emailâ€™s, free messengers, free basic software everywhere you look again, hoping youâ€™ll upgrade to a higher quality fee based version. If your thinking about free software for your business, there are some thingâ€™s to think about first.
Meet with a technology specialists to go over the pros and cons of free software. Make sure the software has few bugs if any and that the product is going to provide everything you need to run your business now and later down the road.
Once you feel that it can meet your needs, you need to focus on support options. How will you get support for the product? Can your local consultant help? Do you need to pay support fees to the vendor providing the free product or service? Can you support the product with your own internal IT staff?
What are your thoughtâ€™s on free software today?