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OBD Auto Doctor advanced car diagnostic software

With this easy-to-use OBD-II diagnostic software, you can communicate with your vehicle's On-Board Diagnostic system and turn your computer or mobile into a highly capable automotive scanner. OBD Auto Doctor is a must-have tool for everyone interested in getting to know their cars better. Whether you want to monitor data in real-time or reset "check engine" light, this is the only OBDII software you need! To start communicating with your car, you need to have an ELM327-based adapter (available on ebay) and an OBDII compliant car. Just connect the OBDII adapter to the physical 16-pin OBD connector plug located near the dashboard (typically below the streering wheel), launch the software, and you are ready to go. The connection between the interface and the software can use bluetooth, WiFi, serial port or USB connection depending on the type of hardware you have.

OpenOffice Family Suite

Unlike some competitors, this suite was not created from a collection of separate pieces of software. From the start, it was designed as one complete office package.

The suite works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office. The Suite is available in 27 languages, with more being constantly added by the community. OpenOffice work is a breeze with the latest Streamline Technology.

The Apache OpenOffice Family Suite is a multiplatform office productivity suite. It includes desktop applications such as a word processor, a spreadsheet program, a presentation manager, and a drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to those of other office suites.

Anyone can download Apache OpenOffice today for free.
Apache OpenOffice offers a full-featured Office suite for nothing. Just download it, install it and go.

Office 365 vs Google Apps

The first thing any startup has to do is setup their domain, and choose their email provider. No one wants to build their own mail server infrastructure anymore, it simply doesn't make sense.

We really see the value in Office 365 - it's pretty awesome - we tried both Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365. Both are super easy to setup and administer, you can buy your own domain and get your email up and running within minutes. After everyone had a chance to use both we came back with the same conclusion, Google Apps is the best solution for a start-up company.

Our decision had nothing to do with cost because the fact is both work out to about the same price at the end of the day. The decision all boiled down to one thing: Gmail. Gmail is the only cross platform cloud email that allows for instant search, massive archives, ease of use, etc. You don't need to download an email client to use it and there's better than instant cloud search vs local search for any email ever in a large archives. There are also many third party cloud plugins that just work with Gmail. Gmail is universally the same across all devices, and thus it is the gateway drug to Google Apps.

Real time collaboration on Google is better, you can tell it was built from the cloud up. Google Drive is much easier to administer than OneDrive. Google makes it very easy to share, search, and access documents from virtually any device, anywhere. Drive has quickly become the core of everything we do in our business. SharePoint almost felt like a bolt-on to Office 365, and trying to rationalize the difference between SharePoint, Yammer, and OneDrive just felt weird for the people on our team. Both companies continue to improve their products which is always nice to see.

Microsoft Office 365 could gain significant ground with startups by doing one thing. We may not be "enterprise class" companies, but today's startups are indeed tomorrow's large companies. Microsoft needs to get more people at every accelerator and co-working space using Office 365 without even thinking about it. They need to make it easy and automated so the growth happens organically rather than through sales motions, pr, or blog posts. People just have to want to use it "just because".

So how does Microsoft drive immediate usage and significant startup interest to Office 365 Apps like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel? They need to make it fully compatible with Google Apps. They should create a third party app for Google Apps, fully compatible with Drive, Gmail, and Adobe Acrobat Reader. If Microsoft can introduce better calendaring for Gmail, with integrated Skype and/or Hangouts support, that would be a huge bonus. They should make it free for 90 days, and charge a reasonable subscription fee thereafter.

We, will not switch email providers at this point, Gmail is just too simple and too good to cancel - but we're more than happy to add on quality apps that make our workforce more productive. Basically we are saying is that we are not sure it makes sense to wage war against established ecosystems. Instead, Microsoft should embrace other established ecosystems with what they do best. Office Apps are awesome, but Outlook/OWA/Exchange is just not as simple or universal as Gmail.

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