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Chapter 8. Vista’s Tools for Business: Contacts, Calendar, and Faxing

Chapter 8. Vista’s Tools for Business: Contacts, Calendar, and Faxing

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The marketing for Windows Vista often skews strongly towards the “play” side of the operating system: the new graphics tools, Vista’s gaming prowess, Media Player, Media Center, and so on. This makes some sense because Microsoft wants to move lots of retail copies of Vista, and home users are the primary retail market. However, Windows Vista also comes with a more sober “business” side. This includes important business must-haves such as networking, security, and backups, of course, but it also includes a few business applications that might prove useful for small shops that can’t afford Microsoft Office at a few hundred dollars a pop. In addition to WordPad, the simple-but-functional word processor, and Windows Mail, the surprisingly good email client (see Chapter 19, “Communicating with Windows Mail”), Vista comes with three other programs for which small business types might find uses: Windows Contacts, Windows Calendar, and Windows Fax and Scan. This chapter gives you the details on these three programs. You’ll see that with Vista, Windows takes another rather large step toward becoming a standalone system that, if your needs aren’t all that lofty, requires little or no third-party software.


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