Office Live Workspace Beta gets open access

Microsoft has announced public availability of Microsoft Office Live Workspace beta, the Web-based extension of Microsoft Office that lets users access documents online and share their work with others. Sign-up for the English-only software service is free.

"Office Live Workspace lets people organise documents and projects online and work on them from almost any computer," said Stephen Elop, president of Microsoft's Business Division. "People can save more than 1,000 Microsoft Office documents to one place online, and access and share them via the Web. They can view and comment on documents in the browser, as well as create simple Web lists and Web notes, and share documents in real time through integration with Microsoft SharedView."

Elop says Microsoft has also added new features to Office Live Workspace, based partly on feedback from early beta participants:

  • Activity panel - shows all the activity in a workspace at a glance.
  • Notifications - users can receive e-mail notifications about changes made to their workspaces or documents.
  • Direct links - users can now bookmark their workspace or a workspace item via a unique URL in a browser window.
  • Multi-file upload - users can now upload several files simultaneously by dragging and dropping from their desktop.

Microsoft plans to offer the beta program later in 2008 in various languages for international markets. The company expects to release the final public version of Office Live Workspace 'later in the year'.


Image: Stephen Elop, president of Microsoft's Business Division

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