MS Office usage at no charge

Microsoft Office is a suite of software programs popularly used in academics and business. The products are designed to serve for different purposes, and it includes Microsoft Excel, Publisher, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook, that are designed specifically to enhance productivity. The Microsoft Office remains dominant in the field of productivity apps, but it costs a lot of dimes. Some may not be able to pay the huge price for an entire Microsoft Office license just to use a basic one.
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Many legal firms are under-budget every year for recoverable expenses. This can be for a number of reasons, to mention two as a start; because there has been a change in workflow processes and new ways to track, and bill, are required and because the recoveries budget is a ‘loose estimation’ based on the volume of work going through the firm. 

dropbox for attorneysDropbox is an online storage vault for your files that syncs with a designated folder on your computer and across mobile devices. It’s increasingly popular with lawyers as the 2014 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report indicates, with 65.3% of lawyers downloading Dropbox in 2014, up from only 15.2% the prior year. Here are stories from lawyers who use Dropbox.
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onlline free law resourcesMany aspects of our daily lives involve laws: registration of births and deaths, marriage, divorce, writing of wills, employing and firing employees, living in a sectional title home, paying income tax, to name a few. For the man in the street access to up-to-date versions of South African legislation will henceforth be free of charge.This is thanks to the joint venture between the University of Pretoria and the South African Legal Information Institute (SAFLII) which was launched on Tuesday by Judge Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court.

time billingNow you can keep track of your billable hours at your Mac, PC, iPhone, or Android - automatically.

save power PCFor no good reason, most computers are left powered-on during non-working hours, resulting in a significant waste of energy. Because of the rapid rise in energy prices and an increasing environmental legislation, organisations like yours are seeking new and innovative solutions to a more efficient power consumption.


Andrew Johnston smallWith the advent of technologies used in day to day business especially mobile phones and internet, professionals are now easier to get hold of and clients are often able to circumvent the professional’s administration structures. The problem is that often these professionals are handing out hours of free advice either by phone or e-mail.

pretonToner and Ink Saving Software Company, Preton Ltd, announced last month the test results accumulated by the independent research advisor and consultant, bradham360 Ltd. and Industry Analysts, Inc. The test results, as established by bradham360 Ltd and Industry Analysts, Inc, proved that when employing the PretonSaver solution on a mixed content document (with text, graphics, and images), savings of 68.8% were achieved.

rsvp_logoHere is a great application which caters for all occasions and events and is free to use for home and business. What I liked about the Saas application was that you still send out your invitation as you normally would - for me it was Outlook merge - then RSVPhere does the rest all online.

chrometa_logoChrometa, creator of its proprietary automatic time tracking software, is proud to offer Tech4Law readers a special discount of 20%. Please use promo code "TECH4LAW" when checking out to redeem your discount. This offer will expire on the 30th April 2010 and is limited to Tech4Law subscribers. For more information on the Chrometa time tracking software go to Thanks to Brett & his team for this offer!

chrometa_logoBrett Owens, co-founder of Chrometa says, "We’re excited to announce that we are now providing free licenses of Chrometa for law students, including those in South Africa, as requested by Tech4Law! The idea spawned from a conversation that we were having with the fine folks who run Social Media Law Student. We were originally planning to offer a steep discount on Chrometa for students in their listening audience…

free_noteThe terms free software and open-source software are hovering at the fringe of most computer users' consciousness. But whether you know it or not, you already use a lot of free, open-source software every day. You could be saving considerable money by using it in your law practice, too.

deedDeeds Office search costs are often overlooked, since all search costs are disbursed to the end client. What firms don't realize is that invariably they recover a standard amount anyway - typically around R80 per matter.

gmail_logoI always take it for granted that people know certain things, like the fact that Google Mail is one of the most popular email systems available, and that it is absolutely free.

pcmag_logoThe best things in life are actually often free. Here, a list of 173 of the best things in life: free software, for launching apps, networking, backup, synchronization, entertainment, and more.


cnet_logo on technology for lawyersFree PDF to Word Doc Converter is a desktop document conversion tool to convert Adobe PDF to MS Word files. The program can extract text, images, and shapes from PDF file to DOC file and preserve the layout.


deedDeeds Office search costs are often overlooked, since all search costs are disbursed to the end client. What firms don't realize is that invariably they recover a standard amount anyway - typically around R80 per matter. That means, however, that whatever they spend on searching is still a cost against that income amount. So how can you reduce your search costs?

billA partner at a law firm in Durban advises that if firms want to save money they should double check their transactional invoices from vendors.

savemoneyApproximately 40% of money spent on acquiring a basic PC for a law firm is the cost of the operating system and an MS Office license. Add any other software components (and there usually are) and the software costs quickly exceed the hardware costs.

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