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Ad-Supported Software Proves Popular With Small Businesses

When there's no cost, the price is right, at least for small companies. One month after its July 31 launch, Spiceworks has attracted more than 5,000 small- and medium-sized businesses in over 80 countries to its Spiceworks IT Desktop, the company's free, browser-based, ad-supported IT management software.

To help attract even more customers, Spiceworks on Friday plans to introduce its fourth beta release in 43 days. The Spiceworks IT Desktop's new features include:

- the addition of e-mail alerts that can be set up to notify administrators of certain network conditions, such as lack of storage space or the introduction of new hardware or software to the network

- the ability to attach searchable notes to network devices

- software compliance reporting

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