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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: What does the budget mean for you ?

    On first seeing last Wednesday’s budget, I was tempted to think that most people have got off fairly lightly. However, now I’ve had more time to think about it, I’m not sure this is the case. For a start, we’re going to be paying the 2p/litre increase in fuel duty, 2% increase in alcohol duty (and cigarettes...
  • 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: What can SMEs do to survive the recession ?

    A colleague of mine, Robert Epstein, head of Microsoft Small Business recently met with Lloyds, AIMs and FSB to exchange experiences and advice to help support SMBs at this tough time (see link to Podcast below). It became clear in this debate that although seeking advice, planning for the long term...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: A small business surviving the downturn

    I was recently talking to a small business owner who provides software products and services to the Architecture industry. Business has been very good historically, largely due to the UK property boom. I’d assumed that things would not now be so good, and sure enough monthly revenues have taken a dip...
  • 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: Office Live Guy - first post

    Welcome to the Office Live Guy portal. A blog for all Office Live users in the UK.
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