Get a sneak peek of Microsoft's Office Live Workspace service

Get a sneak peek of Microsoft's Office Live Workspace service

Summary: On October 17, Microsoft conceded and shared a few screen shots of its Google Docs competitor, Office Live Workspace, which is expected to go to a private group of testers next month.

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When Microsoft announced on September 30 its strategy for taking on Google Docs -- via a forthcoming service known as Office Live Workspace -- the company declined to show off a preview of the new service.

Get a sneak peek of MicrosoftÂ’s Office Live Workspace service(As a result of Redmond's reticence to play show and tell with the new service, some company watchers deemed the service nothing but vaporware, and wondered whether Microsoft's announcement of Office Live Workspace was simply meant to freeze the market.)

On October 17, Microsoft conceded and shared a few screen shots of Office Live Workspace, which is expected to go to a private group of testers next month.

Office Live Workspace is, in Microsoft’s words, “a new web-based feature of Microsoft Office which lets people access their documents online and share their work with others.” It’s aimed at consumers and small-business users. Office Live Workspace is a password-protected SharePoint workspace, hosted by Microsoft. It’s a place users can store and access documents for work, school and home.

Microsoft officials still aren't saying when they expect to field either a public beta of Office Live Workspace or the final version of it.

Topics: Collaboration, Microsoft, Software

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • you stole those images

    http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2007/10/17/early-look-microsoft-office-live-workspace

    You stole those images from the above website. Way to go.
    shoktai@...
    • Re: you stole those images

      Um...if Microsoft is distributing the images how do you figure they're stolen?
      batkc@...
    • stole those

      Barrowed darling barrowed! They can have them back when we are done with them!
      aussieblnd@...
      • borrow not barrow

        a barrow is a burial ground.

        http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=define%3Abarrow
        robert.sedor@...
        • borrow not barrow

          and a burro is an a$$ but if you have a W on there its a hole... "dug by an animal" ..maybe an a$$ maybe not. Either or sorry I type like I talk! BUT really thank you for pointing out my mistake..
          aussieblnd@...
    • stealing images

      Nope. I didn't steal. If I took them from WebPro I would have credited them.

      Microsoft sent them to a bunch of bloggers all at the same time.
      Mary Jo Foley
  • Web base is a problem

    If you are using Vista and have to turn off the BFE, and thus your firewall, it you are going to connect in a reasonable time.

    Microsoft really needs to fix this or tell us BFE victims how.
    Bill4
  • Pay no attention to Ubuntu 7.10

    Just look at the pretty-pretty, shiny-shiny. I'm sure the new version of Ubuntu coming out didn't have any effect on their wanting to show off Orifice Live.

    Or that Google is way out ahead with online apps.
    Chad_z
    • Thank you for the invitation...

      ... I am sure lots of people will be taking you up on that proposition. Like Ubuntu could have any effect on Microsoft's plans... like a gnat swarming around an elephant.
      Confused by religion
  • RE: Get a sneak peek of Microsoft's Office Live Workspace service

    Link to Screen Shots of Office Live Workspace says: "We were unable to find the page you requested."
    dbaechtel
    • sneak peek

      Links work now!.

      Ok back to the subject... SECURITY and control. I want more information on the security features and I am pretty sure I will have a problem with turning so much control over to MS. I have never found them well trustworthy.
      aussieblnd@...
      • Link STILL Broken !

        I am STIL getting: "We were unable to find the page you requested."

        How do I get to the story material?
        dbaechtel
        • Link is fixed

          Sorry for the broken link. We had some site problems yesterday. The link is fixed now I believe.

          If you still can't get to the screenshots, try this: http://content.zdnet.com/2346-12558_22-170786.html?tag=gald
          Mary Jo Foley
  • RE: Get a sneak peek of Microsoft's Office Live Workspace service

    Screenshots link is a broken link!
    knoxbury
  • Try this link

    Don't know if this was the intended link but ..

    http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/workspace_preview.php

    No charge!
    crypt2121
  • RE: Get a sneak peek of Microsoft's Office Live Workspace service

    I've signed up. It's something I think I could use. Except the screenshot link above doesn't work.
    seyeoh@...
  • RE: Get a sneak peek of Microsoft's Office Live Workspace service

    It's just an issue with Ajax13.com. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Explorer, Word and Works and Notepad and Wordpad are not on my computers, All 6. Notepad+, Oxygen Office, Mozilla are.
    atari8bit@...
  • Excel Collaboration ? - Try BadBlue !

    Need to share Excel & Word files ?

    See www.badblue.com - it's great 1
    Kym Yeoward
  • Now why would anyone want to move closer to subscription?

    Just another dirty old man with a trench coat an a cookie trying the "free" lures...

    Smart people aren't going there...
    mikifinaz1@...
    • It's important for the shareholders silly .....

      and of course it benefits the users by ummm, errr well the users get to ahhh, let me see, they ummm .... "get to manage their software and files in a simple, manageable and cost-effective monthly payment scheme" with the ahhh, errr, benefit that "it provides a framework of stability and growth for our investors" and we can ummm "play our silly games to make sure it doesn't work properly on those pesky other browsers and O/S'es". What? Oh sorry that last bit isn't going to be part of the press release.
      fr0thy