Office Live goes live today!

Office Live goes live today!

Summary: Microsoft's web-based office product, called Office Live, is being released in beta today. Office Live will integrate with existing Microsoft Office products Jupiter analyst Joe Wilcox has the early word on the release.

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Microsoft's web-based office product, called Office Live, is being released in beta today. Office Live will integrate with existing Microsoft Office products Jupiter analyst Joe Wilcox has the early word on the release. He firstly points out that Office Live is in no way "a hosted version of Microsoft Office". That's true, but personally I expect Microsoft (and probably Google) to eventually release a fully functional Web Office suite. It's just a matter of time. Note that it won't just be a replica of desktop office, because it'll need to be native to the Web. And I'm talking years not months, unless Google comes out with such a product sooner than expected (which is always a distinct possibility with Google). I'm going to write more on that subject in the near future, but for now let's focus on what IS in Office Live. Here are the main features:

  • Basic e-mail and calendaring
  • Collaboration functions (similar in nature to SharePoint Portal Server)
  • Project management functionality
  • Domain name and Web site ("security-enhanced and "affordably managed and maintained by Microsoft", according to the current Office Live homepage)
  • Document management tools
  • Customer relationship tools

All of these things will integrate in some way with existing Microsoft Office programs - and we'll probably see more integration when Office 12 is released later this year.

Office Live is targeting small businesses in the US only (less than 10 employees). As Wilcox pointed out, those kinds of small businesses would be "highly unlikely to run server software products like Exchange, SharePoint or Project." So Office Live fills an unmet demand in that sector and some of those customers will in time upgrade to Microsoft's full server software products.

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  • office live

    As a small buisiness I can't see the point. You can do all the supposed functions without paying for this???
    john.charles9
    • waiting....

      Waiting for anti-microsoft users to put their 2 cents in... in..

      5..

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      mockylock
  • It should be...

    interesting to see what unfolds. Like the previous post said, it doesn't seem reasonable for smaller businesses, etc.. but you never know. More people are leaning towards not going out of their house for almost everything nowadays. Why not for software such as this?
    mockylock
  • Appreciating the Market Segment

    Strategically, this segment of the market is large and presently under-served. As the first company in this market, Microsoft will probably end up being the wagon that takes most of the arrows in making this a viable and accepted way for small companies to use the power of big business software and computer services.
    mtn2top
    • Microsoft First to Market...

      What technology has Microsoft ever been the first to market with??

      Surely not hosted services, DOS (Unix was first).. How about Word, they beat who, Word Perfect, Star Office...

      Microsoft is the biggest because of marketing and gullable people who think MS has everything...

      For your information, I use MS products, but am locked in because of an industy; though I also use Linux, because I am liberating my employer and clients.
      aallord
      • Microsoft First to Market...

        What? It's a race?

        Take a deep breath and count to 10, you need to calm down.
        c-o-b
        • Hurray, more pro(fit)gress! ...or is it?

          From a newbie to the membership (forgive naivete, plese).

          Agree that: MS 'launched' pale competition to the office-type applications of the day (shortly after my employer adopted Word over Wordperfect it was evident that Word was no substitute, and compared unfavorably. Here, I began to here the industry equivalent of Ross's 'Giant Sucking Sound').

          Then came the anti-trust stuff. Perhaps this is why Word omitted the 'Reveal Codes' feature that was soooo handy in WP. (Ahem)

          Who will trust MS to provide a web based service after MailStation, which once upon a time saved me lots of time repairing the CPU's of friends and relatives at their homes after the onslaught of virus attacks? "I'll be right over, Mom..."

          Wonder whether business will trust their communications to be web based? Not sure my employer would go for that, on a confidentiality basis. Pro-fit-gress at its finest...
          boxerjockey
    • First to market?

      Microsoft isn't the first company in this market. There are other, smaller companies that have had web-based small business suites for years; they just aren't very well known. HyperOffice and SmartOnline are just two that come to mind. Microsoft is simply the 800-pound gorilla now entering the room, and it will be quite clumsy for a while. Like Microsoft's other first entries into a market area, the product/service will be inferior for a while, but it will eventually catch up to what competitors now offer.
      lmusthaler