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Docstoc for Windows 8 review

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Manufacturer: Docstoc

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Aimed at small businesses, Docstoc is a useful app that provides advice from industry leaders along with handy templates to help companies deal with different scenarios. Read our Docstoc for Windows 8 review.

Docstoc is a Windows 8 app that styles itself as a sort of communal advisory service for small businesses either just starting out or branching into new areas. Its bread-and-butter offering is a range of templates that can be customised for use in particular scenarios. (See also: Windows 8: the complete guide.)

Not all of these are applicable only to a business environment – some also have uses for household budgeting, such as saving for a mortgage deposit. There are templates for both highly specific situations – instigating disciplinary proceedings against a staff member, for example – as well as generally applicable ones to help you create a will.

Registering for a free account allows you to download many of these templates. Unfortunately, it's not as clear as it might be that there's a login option that affords this access. For more on the changes in Windows 8 and how to use them visit Windows 8 Advisor.

When you click on the Save Local option at the bottom of the screen, Docstoc defaults to bringing up a payment option. Registered users, however, need pay only for premium content. Costs for these vary – you can upload your own documents and sell them via Docstoc, so it's down to the user to set their price.

There's actually a fair bit of information to be gleaned from reading the advice offered within the Docstoc app. We found the way it's categorised easy to navigate – PR and marketing advice gets a section, while the nitty-gritty of managing the business, bookkeeping and human resources are each dealt with separately.

While there's a fair bit of buzzword speak in some of them, the video section is pretty useful. These tend to give you a digest without expecting you to delve through a whole ‘get ahead in business' self-improvement manual.   For detailed advice on installing Windows 8 Release Preview, read our article: How to install Windows 8.

Docstoc Expert Verdict »

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  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

If you run a small business and are looking for genuine advice from people who have experienced many of the issues you're facing or are acknowledged as industry leaders, then Docstoc is well worth a look.

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