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About Office Live Guy

About Tim Kimber : OfficeLiveGuy

 

Thanks for looking at the OfficeLiveGuy site. I pulled this together to be a focal point for Office Live users in the UK, whether collaborating on Office Live WorkSpace or building a web presence with Office Live Small Business. Postings will tend to be a mixture of important product updates, along with commentary about small business, social media, collaboration and so on.

 

I’ve been with Microsoft for several years, in the UK subsidiary and EMEA HQ, and have spent quite a bit of time on the Redmond (Seattle) campus. I’ve had a wide variety of roles, but most of them have involved some mix of Small/Medium Business, Windows, Office, Small Business Server and more recently the web service offerings of Office Live.

 

Office Live first arrived in the UK in November 2006, and has gone from strength to strength since then. There are now literally many millions of Office Live users, in both WorkSpace and Small Business guise. We now count our annual growth in how many more millions will join over the coming year.

 

My background is the business side of engineering, PC hardware, PC software and now web services. The next 5 to 10 years are going to see some big changes in IT and I’m delighted to be a part of it.

 

Here's how the navigation works on this site : 

    • In the header of the site, sign up to RSS2.0 or Atom 1.0 to have an automatic feed of blog entries into browser or email client. Also follow OfficeLiveGuy regular tweets on Twitter 
    • Blog entries run down the page and are then archived in the bottom right navigation, historically, by month
    • In the right-hand navigation :
      • Recent blog posts are displayed in the upper section
      • Tag cloud facilitates clicking on a chosen tag to bring up all the relevant entries on that subject
      • Links section goes directly to the Office Live sign-up portal pages, and the forum/community pages
      • Twitter widget shows a feed of latest OfficeLiveGuy Twitter entries
      • Video window shows the latest spotlighted video
      • Blogroll shows a list of blogs OfficeLiveGuy reads and recommends
      • Case Studies section links to full written-up Office Live stories
      • Webcasts folder details some of the numerous Office Live webcasts that exist (also see youtube.com/officelive)

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    Richard Branson’s PitchTV can help Office Live customers

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    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...
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    Security: is it a tech thing?

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    In case you didn’t know, we’re just through the annual agony that is the Infosec show. It’s great being a journalist; you fetch up at a trade show, they look pleased to see you then realise you’re writing about stuff rather than spending money and their...
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    Belly Dancing Engineer – an Office Live success story

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    ";" 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...
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    The future of news

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    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...
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    Multimap add-in for Outlook

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    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...
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    E-working and work/life balance

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    As I write we’ve just had yet another bank holiday in the UK (any American readers might note that’s what we call public holidays over here). There were two last month but sadly none for my birthday a couple of weeks back, which isn’t yet a matter for...
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    Social media policies: why you need them

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    I’ve been doing a lot of work on social media lately – for example, writing a book on it (about which I wasn’t going to tell you, but you forced it out of me). That’s how I came to be doing a talk on it recently. Some of the usual questions turned up...
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    Surviving and thriving during an economic downturn

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    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...
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    Dress for success

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    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...
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    Social Media - a hindrance or help ?

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    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...
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    What does the budget mean for you ?

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    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...
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    Need a free, online Contact Management system ?

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    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...
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    What can SMEs do to survive the recession ?

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    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...
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    Teachers, lecturers and students turn to the cloud for storage

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    The stereotypical image of teachers and lecturers offices piled high with papers is fading rapidly as online document storage solutions come to the fray. Not only this, but there’s also a need to embrace the web with the same level of enthusiasm as students...
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    Cloud computing

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    You might have heard a lot about cloud computing – it’s certainly on my mind as I’m writing a bit about it for a supplement in one of the newspapers. Basically it’s a matter of having all of your applications hosted elsewhere – so instead of firing up...
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    Attention all students – back up coursework to Office Live WorkSpace

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    It’s that time of year when students are putting finishing touches to dissertations, coursework, assignments and so on. Every year there’s always a percentage of our future leaders who forget to back up their hard work and risk losing everything if a...
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    How to show date availability on an Office Live website

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    I’m quite often asked how to display date availability, or reservation status, on an Office Live website. This is typically for a site that is promoting something like a holiday let, bed and breakfast or a small hotel. Office Live does incorporate an...
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    Turn your hidden talents into a business opportunity

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    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...
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    Office Live WorkSpace gives college group projects a boost

    The short video clip below shows how university students are using Office live WorkSpace in collaborative group projects : This way of working is rapidly becoming mainstream with Office Live WorkSpace now included in Microsoft ‘ Live@Edu ’ , which is...
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    Is there money to be made on Twitter ?

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    All the latest market research is showing that social networking is moving into the mainstream, extending out from the teens and young adult segments that started popularising it. Whilst many have ventured onto Facebook and LinkedIn, there’s still a lot...
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    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...
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    Customer service - when the customer’s not there…

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    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...
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    Increase sales with Search Marketing

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    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...
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    Good and bad shops

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    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...
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    SMEs use Twitter to save on marketing and recruitment costs

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    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...
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