Yahoo? MS? It's All Free, So Try Them All
The impetus behind Microsoft's and Yahoo's fervent courting of the SMB market with freebies is simple: There is a huge, untapped number of small businesses, the majority of which aren't online.Between Microsoft's new freebie, Office Live Small Business tools, and Yahoo's recently announced all-you-can-eat free Web site hosting buffet, you're a fool if you reach for your wallet when it comes to getting online. In fact, one analyst said, you're crazy if you own a small business and are actually paying for software to get online or to run your operations.