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With fewer people at work, you’ve got to increase your productivity if you don’t want to work longer hours. We’ve put together ten apps that can help you get more done without burning any more midnight oil.

Productivity is everything in this economy. Chances are if you work with a computer, you’re using Microsoft Office (or some other office suite), and we’ve been working on a bunch of tips stories that can help you get the most out of it. But short of learning cool shortcuts (or learning how to type a lot faster), what else can you do to work faster? The answer is: a lot. Whether it’s something as simple as installing a killer Outlook plug-in like Xobni and filtering out just a little more junk mail with the five-star antispam app Cloudmark DesktopOne-Pro Mode, or as ambitious as setting up a collaboration system like HyperOffice or a web-conferencing, VoIP, and chat service like 8×8’s Virtual Office, there are a lot of apps you can use to work smarter, instead of longer.

Then click through the slideshow below for ten recent reviews of apps that might help you get your work done with enough time to spare to have a little left over for you Fantasy Football team. This isn’t a roundup of every possible productivity app; just the ones we’ve looked at lately. Got a cool tip for an app or service we ought to check out, or that other readers might want to try? Tell us about it in the comments. As always, click the app/service link to read the full review.

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