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August, 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

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