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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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    I Phone Therefore I Am

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    Well, that was lively. Twitter went crazy for a few hours as the upgrade to software for a certain Smartphone went completely through the roof briefly when it was released. Clearly Microsoft has a vested interest in loving it when this happens and it...
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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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    Safari support for Office Live Workspace

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    For all Mac users out there, Office Live Workspace now has Safari support, detailed here : http://workspace.officelive.com/FAQ#6 This is good news for Office Live generally. As far back as 2006 , Chief Technology Officer Ray Ozzie was talking about how...
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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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    Get Office Live email on your mobile

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    With more and more of us out and about much of the time, reading email on a phone is rapidly becoming the norm. Since Office Live mail is based on the Hotmail platform, you’ve been able to browse to hotmail.com or mail.live.com for quite a while. However...
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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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    Surfboard success story on Office Live

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    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...
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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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    Working from home: some thoughts you need to consider

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    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...
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    Blog Standard – How to do it

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    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...
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    Create a gallery in Office Live with image enlarging

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    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...
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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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    Free e-book : Build a website that sells

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    Microsoft Office Live Small Business and Entrepreneur Magazine are committed to helping entrepreneurs start and nurture their businesses by providing solutions that can be put into action immediately. Get your free copy of "Build A Website That Sells...
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    Free e-book : Three steps to Search Engine Marketing success

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    When shoppers search the Web for the kinds of products or services you offer, will they find your Web site in the search results? There’s a good chance they will if you use search engine marketing (SEM), powerful techniques that can help direct searchers...
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    Free e-book : Five steps to successful Email Marketing

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    More and more businesses are discovering that e-mail marketing is a convenient and cost-effective way to engage customers and drive sales. With e-mail marketing you can announce new products, make special offers to your loyal customers, distribute coupons...
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    Office Live webcasts

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    In the right navigation of this blog, towards the bottom, there are now several webcast links posted. They cover many of the common areas people want help with when starting out building and developing an Office Live website. Several of them require Silverlight...
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    Office Live Guy - first post

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    Welcome to the Office Live Guy portal. A blog for all Office Live users in the UK.
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    How to get your website noticed

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    These blog entries were written to help Office Live users get up to speed quickly, with some useful tips and tricks on moving up search rankings. Hopefully, it will help others make some progress with their Office Live websites : See these two links...
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    Free e-book - 11 Steps to Create a Successful Web Site

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    Microsoft Office Live Small Business and Startup Nation are committed to helping entrepreneurs start and nurture their businesses by providing solutions that can be put into action immediately. Get your free copy of "11 Steps to Create a Successful Web...
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    NEW Office Live features and functionality

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    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...
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    Upload images faster to Office Live

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    When building an Office Live website with lots of images, it can be a bit of a pain to upload each image individually. Instructions have just been updated on how to set up the mutliple image uploader. This has to be done from within the Image Gallery...
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    Using Office Live WorkSpace just got even easier

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    By downloading the Office Live add-in, its now possible to access your Office Live WorkSpace directly from your desktop menu. From within Word, Excel and PowerPoint, you’ll be able to save directly to your Office Live WorkSpace and open directly from...
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    A small business surviving the downturn

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    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...
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    Keep your CV up to date and in the cloud

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    In these difficult times, more and more people are polishing their CV just in case the worst happens. Someone told me the other day that they learnt their lesson the hard way about backing up important files. They had one copy of their CV on their home...
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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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