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  • Blog Post: Use Publisher to build an Office Live website

    At last week’s Business Startup Show , several visitors asked if they could use various website editing tools with Office Live. The answer is a resounding ‘Yes’. The beauty of Office Live is that you start with the basic templates, which are very easy to use.  If a more advanced website is required...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Beta

    The Beta for Office 2010 was made available for download on 18th November 2009. Get it here : http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010/en/default.aspx There’s also a comprehensive website, called http://www.office2010themovie.com/ , which is designed to share thoughts about Office 2010 in the pre-release...
  • Blog Post: Run a PowerPoint presentation from a netbook without Office installed

    With thousands of people around the globe testing the Office Web Apps, some of the uses to which they’re being put are starting to emerge. I particularly liked this story about a PowerPoint presentation, made to a University class, from a basic netbook that didn’t have Microsoft Office installed at all...
  • Blog Post: Surfboard success story on Office Live

    Paipoglide is a great little company, based in Cornwall, building custom surfboards by hand from a variety of wood materials. The result is a board which not only functions superbly on the waves, but is also a sculptural piece in its own right honed using the skills of ancient Hawaiian craftsman. Check...
  • Blog Post: Blog Standard – How to do it

    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 or you can use something installed onto your PC....
  • Blog Post: Get started with Office Live Small Business Reports

    ";" 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. This short video from www.youtube.com/officelive...
  • Blog Post: Office Live helps successful Trout Fishery

    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 business. A professional website was a missing...
  • Blog Post: Britains Got Talent – Stavros Flatley better than Susan Boyle ?

    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 Boyle phenomena and much prefer Stavros Flatley...
  • Blog Post: Is Google falling behind Twitter ?

    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-time information goes. I have to say, as someone...
  • Blog Post: Richard Branson’s PitchTV can help Office Live customers

    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 founder Sir Richard Branson's blog (remember keep...
  • Blog Post: Belly Dancing Engineer – an Office Live success story

    ";" 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 workshops and performing around the UK. She does...
  • Blog Post: Surviving and thriving during an economic downturn

    Microsoft has recently released a white paper entitled “ Survive and Thrive – How Technology Can Help Small Businesses Compete ”. It’s a little US-centric but has some good pointers for Startups and Small Businesses, such as : Reduce time spent on paperwork Manage customer relationships to maximise...
  • Blog Post: Dress for success

    Would you turn up for an interview in ripped jeans and a baggy T-Shirt? Especially for those 2 million people in the UK who are now finding themselves in search of another job and are all too aware of the increased competition resulting from rising redundancies – More people are having to scrabble for...
  • Blog Post: What can SMEs do to survive the recession ?

    A colleague of mine, Robert Epstein, head of Microsoft Small Business recently met with Lloyds, AIMs and FSB to exchange experiences and advice to help support SMBs at this tough time (see link to Podcast below). It became clear in this debate that although seeking advice, planning for the long term...
  • Blog Post: Turn your hidden talents into a business opportunity

    Over the years I’ve met some very talented people through work. Some great managers, inspirational leaders, passionate evangelists and enlightened marketers to name but a few. However, just when you think you know someone, they can surprise you with a ‘second life’ outside of their day job (and I’m not...
  • Blog Post: Is there money to be made on Twitter ?

    All the latest market research is showing that social networking is moving into the mainstream, extending out from the teens and young adult segments that started popularising it. Whilst many have ventured onto Facebook and LinkedIn, there’s still a lot of confusion about how Twitter can be of help to...
  • Blog Post: Office Live - belly dancing, photography and perfume

    Belly dancing, photography and perfume We always love to hear about the wonderful ways in which businesses are using Office Live, so we thought it would be a great idea to share a few stories with you. And if you're one of thousands of other companies using Office Live, then please do get in touch (see...
  • Blog Post: Increase sales with Search Marketing

    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 (also sometimes called search marketing)...
  • Blog Post: Good and bad shops

    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 you might find there’s some vested interest in there...
  • Blog Post: SMEs use Twitter to save on marketing and recruitment costs

    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 when you consider that there are 4.6 million SMEs...
  • Blog Post: 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 Office Live’s free 500MB of web-hosting space, we...
  • Blog Post: NEW Office Live features and functionality

    First of all, Office Live WorkSpace has added language support for Hungary, Romania, Lithuania, Serbia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Latvia, and Slovenia to use the localised service. WorkSpaces also get long-awaited FOLDERS, full cut/copy/paste and file storage is being increased to a very respectable 5GB...
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