Wednesday, June 8, 2011

SEO Virtual Assistants Laude Microsoft for Upgrading MS Office Live

Microsoft Office Live is a partially discontinued web based service providing document sharing, and website creation tools for consumers, like SEO virtual assistant and small businesses. It is composed of two types of services, Office Live Workspace and Office Live Small Business. Although this web based service is getting obsolete as more updates in Web 2.0 has recently arrived, having a working knowledge about it can help in understanding and learning about its “successors"-Office Web Apps on Skydrive and Office 365. The following is a detailed discussion about Microsoft Office Live, capitalizing on its features:

Office Live Workspace
Office Live Workspace was a free online storing and sharing service for documents. It was commonly used in work, like in the case of SEO virtual assistants, school and home projects because documents can be managed without a flashdrive making it possible to work almost anywhere with an Internet connection. Web access with a compatible browser is required to run the service.

  • Online storage – Office Live permits users to save up to 5 gigabytes (GB) of information in many file formats, which can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection, even if Office isn't installed. This eliminates the need for flash drives or CD’s as a storage solution, and provides capabilities for updating project schedules, organizing events, and delegating assignments without scheduling a meeting or relying on email. That’s why SEO virtual assistants prefer it.
  • Information sharing – Office Live Workspace is designed so that computer users can share a single document or a workspace containing multiple documents, as well as collaborate online as a group. Workspaces are password-protected and can be shared to as much as 100 users who in turn can control who views and edits information. 
  • Software compatibility – While Office Live Workspace works with Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, it also allows users to store documents of other file types. If the Office Live Update is installed, files and documents may be opened and saved directly from Microsoft Office XP, 2003, 2007 or 2008 for Mac. Users may also synchronize, contact, task, and event lists with Outlook 2003 and 2007, and workspace lists can be exported to Excel. 
  • Resources and support – Microsoft established a Community Support website, which includes a blog, wiki, how-to videos, and the opportunity for customers to ask and answer questions about using Office Live Workspace
Office Live Workspace is currently not supported on Microsoft Office 2010, plus other factors such as a limited storage capacity and the check in check out policy lead to the decline of its usage.

In May 2010, it was announced that Office Live Workspace customers would be moved to Microsoft's SkyDrive service, which offers 25GB of storage and the ability to view and edit documents through Office Web Apps; to the joy of SEO virtual assistants.

Office Live Small Business
Office Live Small Business is an Internet-based service designed specifically to assist the nontechnical users so that they can create professional-looking websites. In contrast to Office Live Workspace this one was created to cater to the needs of the general public most especially entrepreneurs together with their SEO virtual assistants.

  • Web site design tools and hosting – Office Live Small Business provides access to free online web design tools and templates for non-technical users' website development and SEO virtual assistants. This allow the users to customize their own website or page, provided free website hosting and 500 megabytes (MB) of storage space for site files. If user’s site exceeds limit, additional storage can be purchased from Microsoft.
  • Domain name registration and business e-mail – Office Live Small Business allowed selection and registration of domain names. However, customers who already have a domain name with another provider can redirect it to Office Live Small Business. Users can create up to 100 domain-based e-mail accounts at no charge. 
  • Contact Manager – It was designed to organize customer information, contact histories, and sales information in one place and make it accessible via the web to their entire organization.
  • Document Manager – This application is used as an online repository for documents in order to make them easily accessible to employees to facilitate collaboration.
  • Team Workspace – This application creates a project website for posting information to share with customers, employees, or business partners. It is meant to streamline the editing process, give users, like SEO virtual assistants, remote access to company data, and download large files as needed.
  • Resources and support – Microsoft offers 24-hour technical phone support at no charge for 30 days. Online, the Community site includes a blog, wiki, articles, how-to videos, and the opportunity for customers to ask and answer questions about using Office Live Small Business. 
The recent move of Microsoft on upgrading MS Office Live, by creating Office Web Apps on Skydrive and Office 365 to supersede its features, has enjoined them to Web 2.0 and was widely appreciated by its consumers. 


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