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  • Blog Post: Office Live Small Business downtime planned to complete a server upgrade

    Downtime is a rarity with Office Live, but an announcement has just gone out that on Saturday September 12th 2009 and Saturday September 19th 2009, there will be some periods of planned outage. All customers will be sent an email to this effect later this week. What this actually means is that...
  • Blog Post: ‘Staycation’ in a Yurt in Devon on Office Live

    This year we decided to take a summer break at home in England; the Blackdown Hills of Devon in the south-west of the country, to be precise. As fairly keen walkers, we have a great love of the open countryside and a growing interest in all things eco. After having read various holiday articles in...
  • 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: Microsoft seeks a name for its new Office Web Apps suite

    According to this blog entry by respected writer Mary-Jo Foley, there’s a survey doing the rounds soliciting feedback on some proposed names for the new Office Web Applications – that’s Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote delivered in the browser. I can’t comment on the accuracy of the article, primarily...
  • Blog Post: 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 that’s now built into Office live. I can...
  • 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: 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 alterations. We'll be able to register loads of...
  • 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: Mind your underpinnings

    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 if we’re going to come anywhere near the aims...
  • 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: Office Live and Social Media

    Here’s an email I sent internally today. Some fellow Twits thought I should blog and Tweet this, so here goes… “Now that OfficeLiveGuy has been established for a couple of months, I thought it might be a good time to provide a short update on progress. The first point I want to make is that this...
  • 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: Student interns help grow Office Live

    I frequently speak to small business owners who feel overworked but can’t afford to hire additional full-time employees to share the burden. One option many have overlooked is the possibility of hiring a student intern. Internships or placements are a common way for students to gain solid work experience...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Goodbye attachments. Hello sharing

    With Office Live WorkSpace now providing a very handy 5GB of storage, the realms of possibility start to open up. You can use your WorkSpace to store documents for sharing in the workplace, your home environment, in fact any files that you or others can be granted access to from an internet connected...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Free e-book : Social Media for Small Business

    Harness the power of Social Media & watch your business grow Microsoft Office Live Small Business has sponsored the creation of an e-book about Social Media, helping you to understand this powerful resource. In “Let’s talk: Social Media for Small Business,” respected author John...
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