Five apps that provide more performance using less resources

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There's a huge shift going on in the business world. That shift is from the standard desktop metaphor to a very web-based model. But for those that still want to hold on to the desktop model while saving some space and increasing speed, there are plenty of small footprint applications that allow just that. From nearly every corner of the business workspace, you can enjoy the small footprint; even within the realm of productivity. No matter the need, there's probably a tiny tool waiting for you to try out.

In fact, I've found five such tools that fit the bill for various needs. Although the tools might not offer feature-for-feature replacements for their bigger brethren, they all do a stand up job (while taking up very little space).

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By Jack Wallen

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