SAGE DRILLS DOWN MASTER BUILDERSage Software has released Sage Master Builder V. 13, adding the ability to drill down multiple levels from reports. The feature is designed to give construction companies better visibility into their financial and operational details. The software also offers estimation, production, project management and analysis features. The latest version includes more than 1,000 pre-built reports from which users can drill down to see further details. The software is also compatible with Microsoft Windows Vista Business.

Sage Master Builder is intended for construction companies that outgrow Peachtree but have not moved up yet to Timberline.

M'SOFT UNVEILS MONEY PLUS

In an effort to target consumers, entrepreneurs and small businesses, Microsoft has unveiled Microsoft Money Plus, an out-of-the-box personal financial software product.

Tagged as a direct competitor to Intuit's consumer and business product line, Quicken 2008, Microsoft Money Plus is the new version of Microsoft Money 2007. The new offering features a dashboard tool called "Insights" that alerts people when bills are due soon or overdue, and keeps track of spending and deposits, as well as account balances.

There are four versions: Microsoft Money Plus Deluxe, which allows a "quick glance" at financial data on a user's desktop; Money Plus Premium, which offers the same as the Deluxe offering but adds tools to help users plan for retirement and other long-term financial goals; Money Plus Home & Business, which provides tools that guide users through business taxes, inventory tracking and online payroll, along with the management of their personal finances; and a lower-end offering, Money Essentials, a system that consolidates personal banking, credit and investment accounts.

All versions are available now for PCs with Windows XP or Windows Vista. Pricing is as follows: Microsoft Money Plus Deluxe, $49.99; Plus Premium, $79.99; Home & Business, $89.99; and Essentials, $19.99. For more information or to download a version, visit www.microsoft.com/money.

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