Microsoft has quietly released an update to its Office Live Workspace service, which the company first rolled out in beta form in December 2007.
The just-released Office Live Workspace update, according to a posting on LiveSide.Net,includes a new activity pane for keeping track of what's happening in your wokspace; e-mail notifications so you know when those with whom you are sharing documents make an update; support for adding multiploe documents to workspaces; and a new interface to make it easier to invite new people to participate in a shared workspace.
A quick refresher on what Office Live Workspace is (and isn't). Office Live Workspace is Microsoft's alternative to Google Docs. It is not a Web-based version of Microsoft Office. It is meant, first and foremost, to be a complement to Microsoft Office. As Microsoft officials have said, Office Live Workspace service can be used from a PC, kiosk or other Web-access point without Office (or another desktop productivity suite) installed; all you technically need is an Internet Explorer or Firefox browser.
The beta of the service included a rudimentary online word processor called Web Notes; a “spreadsheet” that (at least so far) doesn’t do calculations called Web Lists; and the ability to access, view and comment on documents — both your own and those created by others who grant permission.
There's still no word on when Microsoft is expecting to expand the Office Live Workspace beta and/or finally remove the "beta" tag from the service.