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The Second Coming

May 17, 2009

We had several strategic meetings when Virtual TimeClock Pro was first approaching release in 2000. The question was what to do with with the original edition of Virtual TimeClock that had been so popular for over a decade? We decided to re brand the original (less featured) software as our 'Virtual TimeClock Standard Edition'. As a simple time clock software at a low price, it recorded employee hours and printed timecards as it always had. Unsurprisingly, the Standard Edition continued to be a popular product for us.

At the same time we knew the Standard Edition had a limited life span. The development tools we'd used to build the time clock software were no longer supported. To make matters worse, it was impossible to publish a Microsoft Windows version of the software since it was developed for Apple Macintosh OS 9 computers. After a couple of years new Macs were all shipping with the shiny new OS X operating system. Eventually VirtualTimeClock Standard Edition wouldn't even launch on a new Mac.

The Standard Edition of Virtual TimeClock software finally died a quiet and dignified death after a very long life. The huge popularity of our replacement Pro Edition blunted any sadness. It was also somehow comforting to know that Virtual TimeClock Standard Edition was joined by a host of other previously popular Mac OS 9 software.

This would be the end of the story except for an interesting trend that began to develop a little more than a year ago. We noticed an uptick in small businesses and startups contacting us looking for a simple time clock software solution at a budget price. We agonized initially, realizing Virtual TimeClock Standard Edition software would have been a wonderful fit in this space. We wished there was cross platform version of our faithful old Standard Edition time clock software.

Then the unthinkable happened. Stay tuned for details!