Before you invest in Internet access, pinpoint your goals. If global electronic mail is the company's pressing need, consider setting up a simple Internet E-mail account with a local service provider. If you need World Wide Web access, give serious thoug ht to purchasing one of the new software suites that offer a complete hookup to the Internet -- including such tools as file-transfer protocol, E-mail, and Web-browser software. Geared for the business user, some of these suites are networkable; others must be loaded onto individual computers as single-user copies. For product reviews that analyze the best and worst features of the software packages, scan back issues of PC Computing and PC Magazine. Below, Inc. compares the features of some of the most popular packages. Note: suggested retail prices do not include Internet access fees.

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Explore Anywhere 2.0FTP Software, 800-282-4387Suggested Retail Price: $129 per userAccess Providers: Works with most Internet service providersWeb Browser: MosaicMemory Required: 10 MB of disk space, 8 MB of memoryNetworkable? YesWorks with Modem Pool? With extra softwareOperating Systems: Windows

Internet Chameleon NetManage, 408-973-7171Suggested Retail Price: $125 per userAccess Providers: Works with most Internet service providerWeb Browser: NetManage's WebSurferMemory Required: 11 MB of disk space, 4 MB of memoryNetworkable? NoWorks with Modem Pool? YesOperating Systems: Windows

Chameleon NFS 4.5NetManage, 408-973-7171Suggested Retail Price: $495 single copy, $4,250 for 10 usersAccess Providers: Works with most Internet service providersWeb Browser: NetManage's WebSurferMemory Required: 20 MB of disk space, 4 MB of memoryNetworkable? YesWorks with Modem Pool? Yes Operating Systems: Windows

Internet in a Box 2.0CompuServe Internet Division, 800-777-9638Suggested Retail Price: $149 single copyAccess Providers: Works with most Internet service providersWeb Browser: Spry's MosaicMemory Required: 10 MB of disk space, 4 MB of memoryNetworkable? NoWorks with Modem Pool? No Operating Systems: Windows

Internet Office 4.0CompuServe Internet Division, 800-777-9638$449 single copy, $3,990 for 10 usersAccess Providers: Works with most Internet service providersWeb Browser: Spry's MosaicMemory Required: 12 MB of disk space, 8 MB of memoryNetworkable? YesWorks with Modem Pool? YesOperating Systems: DOS, Windows

Super TCP Suite Frontier Technologies, 800-929-3054 Suggested Retail Price: $595 single copy, $2,950 for 10 usersAccess Providers: Works with most Internet service providersWeb Browser: Frontier Technologies' WinTapestryMemory Required: 10 MB to 25 MB of disk space, 4 MB of memoryNetworkable? YesWorks with Modem Pool? Yes Operating Systems: Windows

Quarterdeck InternetSuite 1.0Quarterdeck, 310-392-9851Suggested Retail Price: $79 single copy, 10-user price negotiableAccess Providers: Works with 55 national and regional service providersWeb Browser: Quarterdeck MosaicMemory Required: 2 MB of disk space, 8 MB of memoryNetworkable? YesWorks with Modem Pool? Yes Operating Systems: Windows