How to Buy Software

Essential tips for every purchaser

When purchasing any software whether its for your PC, handheld or other device there are a variety of suites and products to match your needs closely and (unless you're extremely lucky or not terribly picky) none that will match perfectly.

To make any software purchase decision a little bit easier, here's a handy checklist of things to consider:

  • Price is critical to most people but keep a few things in mind. Buying online is much cheaper, so if something is out of your range in the real world, it may not be if you can find it online.
  • Functions are also critical but never negate the surprise factor: think you don't want to play games on your Pocket PC? Wait until that one time where you're waiting at the airport for four hours and you've got absolutely nothing else to do.
  • Integratability is a word it seems weive just invented but it ought to be part of the tech and software lexicon. How easily does your software integrate with the hardware you already have? How quickly and easily can you install the software that is supposedly going to make your life easier?
  • Ongoing costs such as maintenance. Are there hidden fees that you need to know about in order to keep the software running?
  • Trials are a good thing when it comes to software. On the other hand be sure that giving the software a trial is not going to result in data loss or down time that you cannot afford.
Finding the Software you are looking for

Theres a Jorge Luis Borges story (The Analytical Language of John Wilkins, to be exact) where ambiguities, redundancies and deficiencies of taxonomy are satirized. The universe does not fit into clearly delineated categories. This same problem extends, in fact, to the creation of a site map and any taxonomy purporting to describe the software universe. For example, in discussing cell phone software, there is very much overlap with software others might group under PDA software. Messaging software can go with Human Resources software, Pocket PC software or Network software.

With a nod to Borges (allow us to indulge here; the parallels are apt) a true taxonomy of software would divide it into software that is a) made by Microsoft, b) old free church accounting software c) new d) installable while you are blending d) fast e) cool f) useful g) fragile h) plastic i) downloadable only over a broadband connection j) guaranteed to be obsolete in 10 years k) life affirming l) OEM software m) software resident in the realm of the ideal or m) copyrighted by Eudora, Hewlett Packard, IBM and others.

None of the above was a suitable page for Software Info Guide, but the pages of our website will help you decide what software you may need to search for. All of the above software was included on this site, found somewhere within our discussion and can be found using he search terms we have delineated for you on our site.

One solution to the problem is to use all search resources available to you like the search box on this site to seek out and find the exact software you need. The way to be sure you have software you want is to fully exploit all the resources at your disposal.

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