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  • 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: Using third party html editing tools with your Office Live website

    I often come across people who would like to use an html editor, rather than the templates provided, to build their website on Office Live. You can use any html editing tool with Office Live but have to go through a couple of simple steps first : Within Site Actions, click “Activate advanced design features...
  • Blog Post: Colour tips when building an Office Live website

    I regularly read the Office Live Small Business blog , as it often contains some useful tips that I wouldn’t have necessarily have thought of. An article posted this week delves into the importance of colour choice for your website, highlighting this site all about Tuscany . The link below takes you...
  • Blog Post: Change to Office Live Small Business Domain name policy

    As of 1st October 2009, Microsoft Office Live Small Business will no longer offer free domain name renewals. For details of how this will affect your Web site and e-mail, or to learn how to renew your domain, please review the following list of frequently asked questions : http://smallbusiness.officelive...
  • Blog Post: 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-hosted Gmail. To be honest, I’m a little surprised...
  • Blog Post: Which social media are you ?

    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 for their business. There are a number of interesting...
  • Blog Post: Create a gallery in Office Live with image enlarging

    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 individual images enlarged. Try an example here :...
  • 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: Burghfield and Goring Vets get online with Office Live

    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 internally it's already realising significant savings...
  • 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: Microsoft Wins Best Place to Work in Europe 2 years in a row

    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 of this is achieved through a detailed recruitment...
  • Blog Post: 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’s green credentials. After the presentation, I was...
  • Blog Post: What’s the connection between Swine Flu, MP’s expenses, Virtual Earth, Photosynth and Office Live ?

    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. To help audiences track and visualise the...
  • 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: Social media policies: why you need them

    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, and they all involve how to manage an identity online...
  • 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: Social Media - a hindrance or help ?

    I have just come across this article in The Guardian and it got me thinking – is this clever use of social media or just lazy journalism? To take a step back and look at the use of social networks in the media - It could be said that Twitter and similar blogging sites are destroying the traditional...
  • 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: Customer service - when the customer’s not there…

    Customer service should be a given unless you’re a bank, in which case everyone knows you can’t afford it but will charge anyway. The customer is king and other clichés – you know this stuff. Thing is, the customer isn’t always in front of you. This is particularly galling when you’re supposed to keep...
  • 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: Copyright and copywrong

    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 the debate about the rights and wrongs amongst...
  • Blog Post: Social media – a good and bad thing

      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 Telegraph and broadcasts very occasionally on the...
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