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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: The future of news

    There’s been a lot of debate recently about the way in which news will be authored and delivered in future. Traditional newspapers are increasingly struggling to make ends meet as their readers go online for news and seem unwilling to pay for it there. Of course, once online, newspapers are competing...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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