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Tuesday, 31st October 2006

Microsoft Office Live Gets Ready to Leave Beta (U.S. Only) in Two Weeks, International Expansion Too!

Microsoft Office Live Gets Ready to Leave Beta in Two Weeks
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Microsoft Office Live, will be coming out of beta in the United States Nov. 15. These services are expanding internationally as well and are also scheduled for free beta availability in France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom on Nov. 15.

Basic notes via the Office Live Blog:

+ Web site design tools with asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) to allow users to more easily drag and drop content and images into any section of their Web site.

+ includes more page templates and the ability to modify and import HTML to create more robust and sophisticated Web sites

+ Three Service Levels:

+ Microsoft Office Live Basics: a company domain name; a Web site with 500 MB of storage; 25 company-branded e-mail accounts (each with 2 GB of storage). MOLB is free.

+ Microsoft Office Live Essentials, offered at $19.95 per month, includes all the features of Office Live Basics, 1 GB of Web site storage, 50 company-branded e-mail, calendar and instant messaging accounts, and Microsoft Office Live Business Contact Manager and online Workspaces for 10 users with 500 MB of storage.

+ Microsoft Office Live Premium, $39.95 per month. Services include all the features of Office Live Basics and Office Live Essentials as well as an additional 2 GB of Web site storage; an increased capacity for 20 additional users and 1 GB of storage for the Workspaces. Office Live Premium also provides a rich set of Internet-based applications to help small-business owners streamline and automate the daily business tasks of managing their customers, projects and documents.


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