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March, 2009

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About Office Live Guy

About Tim Kimber : OfficeLiveGuy

 

Thanks for looking at the OfficeLiveGuy site. I pulled this together to be a focal point for Office Live users in the UK, whether collaborating on Office Live WorkSpace or building a web presence with Office Live Small Business. Postings will tend to be a mixture of important product updates, along with commentary about small business, social media, collaboration and so on.

 

I’ve been with Microsoft for several years, in the UK subsidiary and EMEA HQ, and have spent quite a bit of time on the Redmond (Seattle) campus. I’ve had a wide variety of roles, but most of them have involved some mix of Small/Medium Business, Windows, Office, Small Business Server and more recently the web service offerings of Office Live.

 

Office Live first arrived in the UK in November 2006, and has gone from strength to strength since then. There are now literally many millions of Office Live users, in both WorkSpace and Small Business guise. We now count our annual growth in how many more millions will join over the coming year.

 

My background is the business side of engineering, PC hardware, PC software and now web services. The next 5 to 10 years are going to see some big changes in IT and I’m delighted to be a part of it.

 

Here's how the navigation works on this site : 

    • In the header of the site, sign up to RSS2.0 or Atom 1.0 to have an automatic feed of blog entries into browser or email client. Also follow OfficeLiveGuy regular tweets on Twitter 
    • Blog entries run down the page and are then archived in the bottom right navigation, historically, by month
    • In the right-hand navigation :
      • Recent blog posts are displayed in the upper section
      • Tag cloud facilitates clicking on a chosen tag to bring up all the relevant entries on that subject
      • Links section goes directly to the Office Live sign-up portal pages, and the forum/community pages
      • Twitter widget shows a feed of latest OfficeLiveGuy Twitter entries
      • Video window shows the latest spotlighted video
      • Blogroll shows a list of blogs OfficeLiveGuy reads and recommends
      • Case Studies section links to full written-up Office Live stories
      • Webcasts folder details some of the numerous Office Live webcasts that exist (also see youtube.com/officelive)

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    Use your own domain name with Office Live

    Whilst it may be very attractive to get a free domain name with Office Live Small Business , many people already have their own domain name that they had planned to connect to a website at a future date. If you want to connect your domain name with...
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    Upload images faster to Office Live

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    When building an Office Live website with lots of images, it can be a bit of a pain to upload each image individually. Instructions have just been updated on how to set up the mutliple image uploader. This has to be done from within the Image Gallery...
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    Social media – a good and bad thing

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      This is the first of a series of Guest-blog articles from Guy Clapperton, a freelance journalist who has specialised in the small business arena for over a decade. Guy contributes to the Guardian, Times, Financial Times, Independent and Sunday...
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    Keep your CV up to date and in the cloud

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    In these difficult times, more and more people are polishing their CV just in case the worst happens. Someone told me the other day that they learnt their lesson the hard way about backing up important files. They had one copy of their CV on their home...
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    Using Office Live WorkSpace just got even easier

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    By downloading the Office Live add-in, its now possible to access your Office Live WorkSpace directly from your desktop menu. From within Word, Excel and PowerPoint, you’ll be able to save directly to your Office Live WorkSpace and open directly from...
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    Copyright and copywrong

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    Readers might have noticed there’s been a certain flurry of interest just lately about online music. Essentially YouTube is taking all of its professionally-produced music videos down because it says the music industry wants too much money. You can have...
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    Increase sales with Search Marketing

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    If you’re an Office Live customer who has been using the adManager service, you’ll have been disappointed to have received notification that it’s to be discontinued . However, you can still very easily promote your website with Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising...
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    SMEs use Twitter to save on marketing and recruitment costs

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    I came across this article in Computer Weekly, about how SMEs are using Twitter to save on marketing and recruitment costs. Whilst the sample size was only 500, if you take the findings that 17% use Twitter, then that extrapolates to a very large number...
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    Good and bad shops

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    The news this week that customers are deserting small businesses online for established brands is grim but unsurprising. It was obviously going to happen for two reasons. First the findings are from research commissioned by online aggregator eDeals, so...
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    A small business surviving the downturn

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    I was recently talking to a small business owner who provides software products and services to the Architecture industry. Business has been very good historically, largely due to the UK property boom. I’d assumed that things would not now be so good...
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    Goodbye attachments. Hello sharing

    With Office Live WorkSpace now providing a very handy 5GB of storage, the realms of possibility start to open up. You can use your WorkSpace to store documents for sharing in the workplace, your home environment, in fact any files that you or others can...
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    Some great video resources for getting help with Office Live

    It’s always good to have some extra help help available, especially when you’re just starting to use some of the many web services that are now available. On the Office Live Community pages, there is now a “Video” tab that reveals all the video clips...
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