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Chronos announces SOHO Notes, Organizer 9

Major new versions of two Chronos productivity utilities will launch in January 2011, bringing a bunch of new features. To celebrate, Chronos is offering discounts to customers who purchase new and upgrade licenses.

Microsoft updates Office, Communicator for Mac 2011

Minor updates to a few Office for Mac 2011 components squash performance and stability bugs. Communicator also gained one major new feature that lets you share your desktop with coworkers.

Google preps Gmail-based backup for Exchange

This new disaster recovery service allows Gmail to act as a fully functional fallback point for when Exchange goes down unexpectedly or for scheduled maintenance.

Office apps showdown: Word processors

Which word processor is best: Word 2011, iWork '09, or Google Docs? Jeffery Battersby used all three to create a typical business report; here's how he'd rank them.

Microsoft posts Office 2008 for Mac update

Microsoft has posted an update to version 12.2.8 for Office 2008 for Mac that improves stability and includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your Mac's memory with malicious code.

ForkLift 2.0 FTP client gets faster, more powerful

The first major upgrade to this FTP client and file manager in four years brings a wide array of new features, including quicker access to sync operations and better ways to manage connections and file transfers.

ReaddleDocs gets two-way sync with Dropbox, iDisk

Readdle has released an update for ReaddleDocs for iPad, adding two-way sync with Dropbox and iDisk, as well as support for iOS 4.2's AirPrint and background transfer abilities.

Studiometry Touch gets iPad update, improved tools

This business management tool gets the universal treatment for all three of Apple's iOS devices, as well as a host of new features and tweaks that should make it easier to get things done.

FastTrack Schedule 10 gets project tracking tools

AEC Software seems to speak software and carry a big stick. After releasing FastTrack Schedule 10 nearly eight months ago, the company has packed over 30 enhancements into a seemingly minor update, including compatibility with Microsoft Project 2010.

The iPad office suite

If you or your employees use iPads for work, here are the productivity apps that you should install on them

ClickyTouch update brings Web analytics to iPad

An update to this client of the Clicky Web analytics service brings a big new iPad interface and access to even more visitor stats from previous days.

iBank 4.1 adds CSV import, new report templates, more

IGG Software has released a free update to its Mac-only personal finance management software, iBank, giving it a number of improvements, including additional report templates, CSV data import, and new contextual menus.

Evernote 2.0 beta gets notebook sharing, Stacks

The "digital brain" for your Mac, iPhone, iPad, and PC gets two much-requested and Mac-first features in a major new release: in-app notebook sharing and Stacks for organizing notebooks into folders.