logoWe often talk about the 2007 Microsoft Office system as being the combination of servers, services and applications.  Office Live delivers on a lot of the services piece of this. 

Yesterday we announced that it was going live in the US on November 15th.  In the UK it will enter in beta so you will be able to sign up for it then.

Put simply, Office Live basics gives you:

  • Personalized domain name and Web site
  • 50 e-mail accounts
  • Web site traffic reports
  • Online workspaces for sharing customer, project, and marketing information

The best bit is that this is totally free even after the beta!

This is a SharePoint Services 3.0 platform which works seamlessly with the 2007 release desktop applications.  This is particularly useful for those who don't work in a company that runs its own SharePoint infrastructure.  Small businesses can start to use SharePoint integration without running their own server and get their company web site and email all set up together with collaboration - and all free.