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June, 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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    I Phone Therefore I Am

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    Well, that was lively. Twitter went crazy for a few hours as the upgrade to software for a certain Smartphone went completely through the roof briefly when it was released. Clearly Microsoft has a vested interest in loving it when this happens and it...
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    Safari support for Office Live Workspace

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    For all Mac users out there, Office Live Workspace now has Safari support, detailed here : http://workspace.officelive.com/FAQ#6 This is good news for Office Live generally. As far back as 2006 , Chief Technology Officer Ray Ozzie was talking about how...
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    Get Office Live email on your mobile

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    With more and more of us out and about much of the time, reading email on a phone is rapidly becoming the norm. Since Office Live mail is based on the Hotmail platform, you’ve been able to browse to hotmail.com or mail.live.com for quite a while. However...
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    Blog Standard – How to do it

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    I’ve been writing a book on social networking lately – out in October, thanks for asking, called This Is Social Media, and inevitably one of the things under discussion is blogging. There’s a debate about the best way to blog; you can host it yourself...
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    Create a gallery in Office Live with image enlarging

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    Within Office Live Small Business, there is a simple ‘ Image Gallery ’ tool that allows several images to be displayed on your website as a slideshow. The slideshow controls can also be exposed so that the slideshow can be paused, clicked through and...
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    A serious message in an amusing Office Live Workspace video

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    Lost memory sticks are a serious issue. We’ve spoken to Universities, Schools, London Underground lost property, and others all of whom report increasing numbers of USB sticks separated from their owners. In some cases, these storage devices are arriving...
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    Office Live helps successful Trout Fishery

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    As one of the best known fisheries in the South West of England, Manningford Trout Fishery is already enjoyed by a wide range of fishermen. Following extensive de-silting of the lakes in 2007, Manningford is now keen to accelerate the growth rate of its...
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    Mind your underpinnings

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    It’s only a week since my last entry on this blog where I stressed the benefits of home working. Now it’s becoming apparent that for this sort of networked technology to truly fly the infrastructure that underpins it is going to need some sort of overhaul...
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    Burghfield and Goring Vets get online with Office Live

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    Fully Vetted is the Web site of an established veterinary business that had been considering a Web site and business e-mail for some time. Microsoft Office Live made the decision simple – it was so easy and inexpensive to implement. By managing the site...
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    Help, Support and Resources for Office Live

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    With the number of Office Live users now into many millions around the world, I thought it a good time to document the many ways to get help, support and other resources relating to Office Live . 1. There’s the Office Live email support service, which...
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    Get started with Office Live Small Business Reports

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    ";" height=150 galleryimg="no"> One of the best ways to ‘fine-tune’ a website is to spend some time drilling into the reporting tools to get a good understanding of where visitors are coming from, where they enter, where they leave, and so on...
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    Some changes to the Office Live Small Business service

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    Below are some announcements about Web design and domain management improvements, plus some offer and policy changes. Web Site improvements : 1. More design options (images, layouts, colours) - new themes have been added to the existing options in the...
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    Which social media are you ?

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    I’ve recently finished a book on social media (available for pre-order from Amazon , thanks for asking) and one of the things I’ve come across quite a bit is that people think they ought to ‘do’ social media without thinking about which media is right...
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    What's missing with Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook ?

    There’s been quite a bit of media comment recently on the release of Google Apps sync for Microsoft Outlook. Google are pitching this as some sort of breakthrough that will remove a barrier for customers to transition from Microsoft Exchange to Google...
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    An Office Live tribute to Michael Jackson

    With the sad news that Michael Jackson passed away yesterday, I can confess to having searched online for a few video clips of the genius at work. Whilst doing this, it occurred to me that this might be a good time to test the new video embedding module...
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    Domain name reshuffle

    OK, it's like this. The Internet is about to have its most substantial overhaul ever - in 2010, if current plans come to fruition, domain name registration is going to change. ICANN, the authority that polices domain names, is about to make substantial...
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