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Microsoft Launches Web-Based Office Suite: Office Live Workspace

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12:49 pm on Mar 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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the software giant said it was opening to the public a test version of its "Office Live Workspace," a service that allows users to save Office documents such as memos and spreadsheets online so that they may be accessed by other users connected to the Web.

"We are responding to the most urgent needs of the 500 million Office users. They want to access their documents anywhere," said Guy Gilbert, a senior product manager for Microsoft.

Microsoft Launches Web-Based Office Suite [washingtonpost.com]

Office Live Workspace [workspace.officelive.com]

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It's a bit unclear on the official site whether you can use this independently of the PC Office applications.

It keeps talking about Office users benefiting from this, but then it talks about accepting lots of different file types including images.

Do you have to have MS Office to use this service, or is it an open service like Google Docs?

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From the office live link

An online extension of Microsoft Office

So, yes you need Office installed.

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It does not appear to be a "Web-Based Office Sweet" but it has an "add-on" for your MS Office application to access the Live Work Space (ie, remote file storage location) and save or edit the files.

I clicked on "New document" and MS Word opened on my local machine. I have not installed the "add-on".

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I think I've heard of this concept before....

... it's called... oh, gee, let me remember, it's been so long...

... it's called a HOME PAGE!

No, really.

Most of us probably weren't there at the very beginning, but I remember.

The reason it's called a "home page" is that in the original concept everybody was supposed to have one.

A web page, that is, which was to be a starting point for storing all your stuff online that you wanted others to see. (Password protection came along very soon after that, so you could share stuff with only selected people.)

Unfortunately, the commercialization of the web turned the concept upside-down and inside-out. Instead of EVERYBODY (the public) being publishers of information, the vast majority now are just consumers of it.

The social networking sites bring back the concept to a degree, but there we become publishers of only trivial information.

And the concept of "home page" - a single place to find links to all the stuff that an individual wants to publish - has been lost, and the term is just another bit of Internet jargon that has lost connection with it's original meaning.

So, Microsoft just reinvented the web, the way it was intended in the first place. Kinda.

Or maybe FTP.

Yawn.

Next, up from Microsoft: Gopher.

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What's the point of this if it's just for office users?

How do I access my files when I'm on a computer that doesn't have Office installed?

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What's the point of this if it's just for office users?

How do I access my files when I'm on a computer that doesn't have Office installed?

A hollow voice intones... "You use Google Apps and ditch Microsoft Office!"

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It's only 500MB now with a limit of 25MB for individual files. That's a bit small for my collection of Office files. I could selectively share some files I guess, or use it for group collaboration on certain files. It almost doesn't seem worth it.
 

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