Office Live Workspace – sounds good, in beta, and can be helpful for students & small businesses

                                                                 

Office Live Workspace is pretty much a site for users with Microsoft Office to upload any file they want, and allow other users to view and edit files on the site or in their own Office programs.

It’s been a much needed service for awhile, but now it’s at least finally come. So far it sounds good to me.

As usual, I’m not the kind of person to use this service, but it does sound nice.

I can see the main people using this would be high school/college students and small businesses. Students might have group project & reports, and if you live in the suburbs, getting together can be hard if you live far away, can’t drive, or not have time to meet up. So Live Workspaces sounds like a good idea. If you’re a small business, you probably don’t have the money/need to get high-tech servers and whatnot to view files across the workspace. So yet again, Live Workspaces comes into view, and allows coworkers to view/edit files from the site.

Another free collaboration program is SharedView. It pretty much does screen-sharing, group chats, and document-sharing. Does up to 15 users, and there’s been good reviews about it.

                                                          

There’s also a pretty good review of the BETA of Live Workspace (NOTE: Beta reviews only describe how the service is at the moment, NOT the final version) from Paul Thurrott. He goes into what’s really good about Workspace, and offers some suggestions at how it could be better. He gave it 4/5 stars. Not bad. So that’s about it.

Oh, and I’m sorry I haven’t posted in awhile. It’s the time of the year where you’re kinda busy, and I didn’t have time to bother blogging.

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