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  • Blog Post: Office Live can help when working from home

    As someone who does work from home sometimes - admittedly mostly during evenings and weekends :-), it’s always interested to read about how Microsoft technologies can help. I came across these two articles which provide some useful pointers : Make a good home office great with Office Live Workspace How...
  • 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: How to get Office Web Apps on Windows Live

    Now that the Beta of Office 2010 is publicly available, anyone can try the Office Web Apps on Windows Live as follows : 1) Download the Office 2010 beta , installing it onto your PC 2) Save a document to SkyDrive from Office 2010 : Open or create a document in Word, Excel or PowerPoint...
  • 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: 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: Office Live Workspace helps you get more out of your Netbook

    I was just scanning the Office Live Workspace blog and came across this article about how Office Live Workspace can help make your Netbook handy anywhere . The premise of the article is that for some users, putting an Office Suite on your Netbook is quite awkward as the device doesn’t have a CD/DVD...
  • Blog Post: Office + Office Live Workspace = Better Together

    Office Live Workspace on it’s own is a very useful tool. For instance, the 5GB of free storage space can be used as a backup for important files. The browser preview of Office documents allows full fidelity viewing of those files from any internet connected computer, even if Microsoft Office is not installed...
  • Blog Post: Office Web Applications

    The Technical Preview of Office Web Applications has just been added to a select group of Skydrive users around the world. Check out the video below to learn more about what’s coming with the Word Web App, Excel Web App, PowerPoint Web App and OneNote Web App : ";" galleryimg="no"> There...
  • Blog Post: The Harley Slack Fund website – built on Office Live

    This is quite a well-designed Office Live website, put together for a very sad reason. Harley is unfortunately critically ill with meningitus B and the site talks about the disease, a fund-raising charity bike ride from John O’Groats to Lands End, and various other sponsored events. Have a look...
  • 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: A serious message in an amusing Office Live Workspace video

    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 at lost property counters in their hundreds over...
  • 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: 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: Help, Support and Resources for Office Live

    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 is available to all users 24x7 with a 4 hour response...
  • 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: Working from home: some thoughts you need to consider

    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’s Day is soon, and that was an American invention...
  • 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: 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: 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: Need a free, online Contact Management system ?

    Most people are aware that Office Live Small Business provides free website and email. However, less well known is the fact that an online Contact Management system is also included, which for many small businesses can be the first step towards a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system. You’ll...
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