Now, if you're anything like me, from time to time you may find it a little difficult to figure out what is going on with all these 'Live' products, how they differ from the non-Live products, a-la Office 2003 / 2007 and how also, they differ from what kind of apps that other 'Search Engine' company are bringing out.
Well, after reading this article over on infoworld, things are starting to become clear :-)
Essentially, as Chris Capossela (Corporate VP of Microsoft's Information Worker Product Management Group) states, "Office 2007, unlike its predecessor Office 2003, is not just about personal productivity tools, but is focused on collaboration...However, collaboration features available in the Enterprise edition and some other versions of Office 2007 will not be offered in the Small Business version of Office 2007". He goes on to say "Small businesses want the collaboration features that are available in the enterprise edition of Office 2007, but they don't want to have to install and run the servers for it. Instead Microsoft is developing Office Live services that complement the Office desktop for small business users".
So, does that mean Office Live is aimed just at Small Businesses? Well, primarily yes, however, over time, services will be added to Office Live that will be of use to Home users and also Student users. Small Business users of Office 2007 also get a few nifty features that are not included in Enterprise or Home versions of Office 2007:
"The small business version of the product has a contact management system that is not available on the enterprise or home versions. Small businesses are not likely to buy a separate, stand-alone CRM (customer relationship management) system, but they want contact management capabilities, Capossela said. "The contacts module in Outlook has been beefed up, and it is almost like a CRM lite," he added."
So, what does Office Live give you? How about...
Reach new customers with search engine advertising
Track all of your contacts and leads in one place
Ready to sell on eBay?
More Space. More E-mail Accounts.
Sounds good right? Well why don't you head on over and sign-up right now?
The process is simple and fast, so you can be up and running in no time :-)
If I haven't persuaded you enough already, you have to see the flash demo or, alternatively, view some of the successful customer stories.
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