Microsoft Office Live Is Now LIVE in the U.S. and Available in Beta in France, Germany, U.K. and Japan

Small businesses in the U.S. to receive special deals from Best Buy and Toshiba. Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Microsoft® Office Live in the United States at http://www.officelive.com after being in beta for nine months, and its free beta availability in Japan, France, the U.K. and Germany on Nov. 21. Customers can sign […]

Small businesses in the U.S. to receive special deals from Best Buy and Toshiba.

Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Microsoft® Office Live in the United States at http://www.officelive.com after being in beta for nine months, and its free beta availability in Japan, France, the U.K. and Germany on Nov. 21. Customers can sign up for Office Live, a complete, affordable set of Internet-based software and services that help small businesses attract new customers, keep in touch with existing customers, generate repeat business, and easily manage their business while on the go.
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Office Live Basics is a collection of free services that provide a small business with the core requirements for establishing an online identity.

Services include:

  • a company domain name
  • a Web site with 500 MB of storage
  • advanced site reporting tools
  • 25 company-branded e-mail accounts (each with 2 GB of storage) and instant messaging accounts
  • calendaring through Microsoft Office Live Mail
  • Site Designer
  • and the Microsoft Office Live adManager Beta.

Office Live Essentials, offered at $19.95 per month, includes all the features of Office Live Basics

Services include:

  • an additional 1 GB of Web site storage,
  • 50 company-branded e-mail, calendar and instant messaging accounts
  • Microsoft Office Live Business Contact Manager and
  • online Workspaces for 10 users with 500 MB of storage.

In addition, e-mail and appointments can be accessed offline with Microsoft Office Outlook® and Windows Mobile-powered phones.

Office Live Premium is $39.95 per month

Services include all the features of Office Live Basics and Office Live Essentials, and:

  • an additional 2 GB of Web site storage;
  • increased storage of 2 GB for the 50 company-branded e-mail, calendar and instant messaging accounts
  • an increased capacity for 20 additional users and 1 GB of storage for the Workspaces.

Office Live Premium also provides a set of Internet-based applications to help small-business owners streamline and automate management of their customers, projects and documents.

Here's a list of Office Live resources and links:

Office Online
Office Live Home Page
Office Live beta Home Page
Office Live Blog
Chris Beiter's Work Related Blog
Office Live Developer Guide
Office Live Accounting Express 2007 beta
Office Live Collaboration beta

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Microsoft Office Live, LIVE in U.S., Available Beta in France, Germany, U.K. and Japan