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Microsoft Office Live Launches

Microsoft has finally released Office Live into beta.

Office Live, contains three products, all of which are free during beta, one of which will still be free afterwards. Basically, there are two different products:

  • Microsoft Office Live Basics – website hosting, with a free domain name, 30 megabytes of storage, 10 gigabytes of transfer a month, website design tools, basic web analytics, five email accounts with two gigs of storage and ten megabyte file sizes. Customer support is by email. Will continue be free
  • Microsoft Office Live Collaboration – 50 megabyte shared workspace for ten users, with “more than 20 applications for managing customers, employees, projects, and critical business data”. Starts at $29.95 a month after beta, support via email and phone.

And one product that combines the two and more:

  • Microsoft Office Live Essentials – website hosting, with a free domain name, 50 megabytes of storage, 25 gigabytes of transfer a month, website design tools, FrontPage support, advanced web analytics, fifty email accounts with two gigs of storage and twenty megabyte file sizes, as well as 50 megabyte shared workspace for 10 users with “more than 20 applications for managing customers, employees, projects, and critical business data”. Starts at $29.95 a month after beta, support via email and phone.

Here’s a non-PDF comparison chart. To sign up, you need to request a product key, and if your business is chosen, you’ll get your key within 2-3 weeks.

Read the press release.

Microsoft has released some screenshots (click to enlarge slightly):

Office Live Customer Manager, which lets you track accounts, contacts and business opportunities:

Dashboard for the online Business Applications with tabs for customers, projects, sales, employees and company information.

A mini-version of Microsoft Project and allows users to track projects, milestones, tasks and any outstanding issues in near-real time.

Office Live web analytics:

Website designer:

Sample created website:

February 15th, 2006 Posted by | General, Live, Office Live, Windows | 3 comments



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3 Comments »

  1. Hey Nathan, have you tried it? I just got my product ID and look forward to playing with it.

    Comment by Devin | February 15, 2006

  2. Yeah, I got my product ID and I haven’t gotten anything done since :-)

    I have some great first impression.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | February 15, 2006

  3. Nathan, just as a side note, I love the way your website looks.

    Comment by Raquel Heney | February 15, 2006

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