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May, 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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    Multimap add-in for Outlook

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    If you’re looking for a quick, simple way to add maps to your meeting requests, email signature, contacts and more, then the new Multimap add-in for Outlook could be just what you’re looking for : Read more about the add-in here Of course, you...
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    Store Microsoft Project files in your personal cloud

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    Project management is a rich and varied topic, but one issue that comes up time and time again is how to collaborate effectively with others working on a project team. Office Live WorkSpace provides everything you need to do this very easily and at zero...
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    Britains Got Talent – Stavros Flatley better than Susan Boyle ?

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    This blog posting is a somewhat experimental way of checking if highly topical subjects increase traffic to your blog site and Twitter account. Admittedly, it’s got precious little to do with Office Live . Personally I’m a bit bored with the whole Susan...
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    Richard Branson’s PitchTV can help Office Live customers

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    Never one to miss a PR opportunity, Richard Branson has cleverly released a very timely opportunity for entrepreneurs and Small Businesses, including those using Office Live , to upload short video pitches about their businesses to this page on Virgin...
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    Is Google falling behind Twitter ?

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    There’s been a lot of speculation about Google and Twitter recently – acquisition rumours, partnerships and so on. It does appear now that Google has recognised that Twitter is a serious player in Search, and even has some key advantages so far as real...
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    What’s the connection between Swine Flu, MP’s expenses, Virtual Earth, Photosynth and Office Live ?

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    The Microsoft Virtual Earth platform is an integrated set of services that provides quality geospatial data, rich imagery, cutting-edge technology, and dependable performance that helps organisations visualise data and provide immersive end-user experiences...
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    Microsoft Wins Best Place to Work in Europe 2 years in a row

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    Whilst Microsoft may not be perfect, clearly something is going right in Europe to win the coveted ‘ best place to work ’ for the second time. The company’s philosophy is that if employees are happy, then so will customers and business partners. Some...
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    Student interns help grow Office Live

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    I frequently speak to small business owners who feel overworked but can’t afford to hire additional full-time employees to share the burden. One option many have overlooked is the possibility of hiring a student intern. Internships or placements are...
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    Social media policies: why you need them

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    I’ve been doing a lot of work on social media lately – for example, writing a book on it (about which I wasn’t going to tell you, but you forced it out of me). That’s how I came to be doing a talk on it recently. Some of the usual questions turned up...
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    Working from home: some thoughts you need to consider

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    So, did everybody work from home on 18 May? What? You didn’t know it was Work From Home Day? OK, a little secret – these things are usually a gimmick thought up by someone with a marketing budget for a home working widget, you know it and I know it. Father...
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    Belly Dancing Engineer – an Office Live success story

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    ";" galleryimg="no"> Having started belly dancing ten years ago as a hobby, it has since become a passion for Claire Novis and she has eventually also turned it into a job. Claire now spends many evenings and weekends teaching classes, running...
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    Responding to a crisis

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    By the time you read this let’s hope Swine Flu will be receding into memory – in news terms it’s certainly diminishing and hopefully in health terms it’ll be doing so as well. It serves as a reminder, though, that there will be times when people can...
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    Privacy concerns about Google Street View ? Now they’re sending a trike up your garden path

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    Google’s Street View technology, whilst impressive at one level, also gives rise to privacy concerns wherever it goes. Indeed, Street View has been completely banned in Greece , with other countries watching developments. If you have concerns about the...
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    E-working and work/life balance

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    As I write we’ve just had yet another bank holiday in the UK (any American readers might note that’s what we call public holidays over here). There were two last month but sadly none for my birthday a couple of weeks back, which isn’t yet a matter for...
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    Security: is it a tech thing?

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    In case you didn’t know, we’re just through the annual agony that is the Infosec show. It’s great being a journalist; you fetch up at a trade show, they look pleased to see you then realise you’re writing about stuff rather than spending money and their...
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    The future of news

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    There’s been a lot of debate recently about the way in which news will be authored and delivered in future. Traditional newspapers are increasingly struggling to make ends meet as their readers go online for news and seem unwilling to pay for it there...
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    Office Live and Social Media

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    Here’s an email I sent internally today. Some fellow Twits thought I should blog and Tweet this, so here goes… “Now that OfficeLiveGuy has been established for a couple of months, I thought it might be a good time to provide a short update on progress...
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    Office Live meets Virgin Galactic

    Last Friday, I had the privilege to listen to a presentation by Will Whitehorn, President of Virgin Galactic . I was particularly interested to hear how Virgin could be planning to develop a space travel business, whilst simultaneously building on it...
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