Keyboarding Software Packages: Analysis and Purchase Recommendation

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Keyboarding Software Packages: Analysis and Purchase Recommendation

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION
A. Purpose and Scope
B. Procedures

II. FINDINGS
A. Overview of Software Being Evaluated
B. Evaluation of Software
1. Based on Cost
2. Based on Ease of Use
3. Based on Feature Set
4. Based on Help and Support
5. Based on Supported Configurations

III. SUMMARY, CONCLUSIONS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS
A. Summary of the Problems and Procedures
B. Summary of the Findings
C. Conclusions and Recommendations INTRODUCTION
Every company needs to ensure that it is receiving the utmost in productivity from its employees. In the current age of technology, this productivity is partially defined not only by computer proficiency,
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SOFTWARE PACKAGES
For the sake of time and keeping this study from becoming too lengthy, four of the most popular keyboarding software packages listed on TopTenReviews.com were selected for this evaluation. Those software packages are as follows, in no particular order:
1. TypingMaster Pro (by 1 Software Way)
2. Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing (by Broderbund)
3. 21st Century Typing (by 21st Software Corp.)
4. Typing Instructor Deluxe (by Individual Software Inc.)
EVALUATION OF SOFTWARE
The four software packages in question were evaluated based on cost, ease of use, feature set, help and support, and supported configurations. The findings are summarized in the following table: TypingMaster Pro Mavis Beacon Typing Instructor 21st Century Price $29.90 $29.99 $19.95 $14.99 Number of Lessons 27 44 64 14 Number of Practice Articles 0 0 300 75 Results and Progress
Words Per Minute Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accuracy Yes Yes Yes Yes
Initial Skill Level Test Yes Yes Yes Yes
Create Custom Tests Yes Yes Yes No Help and Support
Phone Support Yes Yes Yes No
Email Support No Yes Yes Yes
Manual Yes Yes No No Supported Configurations
Windows Vista No No No No
Windows XP Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows 2000 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows 9x, NT No No Yes Yes Customer Ratings
Ease

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