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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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: AvailableLocal.com launches on the Office Live platform

    An innovative recruitment company, called AvailableLocal.com, have just launched their services on an Office Live website at www.availablelocal.com . Their proposition is based around supporting sustainable local employment, in an attempt to drastically cut ‘job miles’. They’re building a network of...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Multimap add-in for Outlook

    If you’re looking for a quick, simple way to add maps to your meeting requests, email signature, contacts and more, then the new Multimap add-in for Outlook could be just what you’re looking for : Read more about the add-in here Of course, you may also want to add Multimap to your Office Live...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
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