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Office Live Adds Spaces Blogs, Custom HTML Editing, Outlook Sync

The Office Live Small Business blog announces a ton of new features for users running their website, free or paid, under Office Live. All accounts, even the free ones, get the ability to integrate a Windows Live Spaces blog into their website, as well as the ability to more deeply customize and personalize their website with custom headers and the ability to use your own custom HTML, import or edit XSLT code, and customize headers and footers on every page.

Other new features include full synchronization with Outlook, not just of email, but also contacts, calendars and tasks. Mailboxes are bumped up to 5 gigabytes of space, plus AdManager is no integrated, and the reporting and analytics system is significantly improved. There are some other improvements, some of which are only for Essentials and Premium users.

The full list of changes:

Changes at a glance …

Office Live Basics

Here’s how we’re improving your service:

Web site design and management

  • Site Designer tool is now easier to use
  • Customize the look of your site even more by replacing template header with your own custom header
  • Easily add a blog to your Web site with the new integration with Windows Live Spaces Blogs
  • Slideshow creation is now easier than ever and you can now add captions to your images
  • For our advanced users and professional Web designers, a new advanced mode adds more flexibility in design and layout, You’ll now have the ability to:
    • Customize header, footer, and navigation on a page-by-page basis
    • Import or edit custom XSLT code
    • Use custom HTML and third-party design tools

E-mail accounts

  • All customers can now take advantage of full synchronization with Outlook 2007 for e-mail, personal contacts, calendar, and tasks
  • Mail storage capacity expanded to 5GB per user e-mail account


  • The reporting system is completely redesigned and enhanced
  • With new adManager integration, you can monitor search advertising efforts with and, along with your Web site traffic
  • Analyze performance of all your sales and marketing campaigns in a single place
  • Track Web site conversion points, click-through, and page views for each marketing campaign

 Note   The reporting system will experience a service interruption when the application is upgraded

Office Live Essentials

You’ll get all the Office Live Basics improvements, plus these:

Contact Manager

  • Contact Manager is completely redesigned and easier to use
  • Quick search lets you find contacts fast
  • Preview individual contact information before you select the contact for more details
  • When a prospect or customer fills out a form on your Web site, they can be automatically added to Contact Manager with notification sent to any e-mail address you want

Team Workspaces

  • Workspaces are now easier to set up and manage
  • Granting and managing permissions to workspaces is easier than ever
  • Improved ability to take workspace contents offline with Outlook 2007 and data export features
  • Easily display information stored in workspaces on your public Web site

Office Live Premium

You’ll get all the Office Live Basics and Office Live Essentials improvements, plus these:

Business Applications

  • Business applications are redesigned and are simpler to use
  • Re-order tabs with a simple drag-and-drop
  • You can rename tabs and data with a single click

It’s amazing how powerful Microsoft has made Office Live, considering that you get most of these features with a free account, including a free domain name. You can create such a powerful website using Office Live’s free tools, good enough for most small businesses.
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January 10th, 2008 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Office Live, Live, Office, Windows, Applications | one comment

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