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Thinking of improving collaboration with Office suites? – Part 1

This is the first part of series of articles, “Thinking of improving collaboration with Office suits?”, explaining one of the ways to collaborate online using MS Office 2007. We are using Office as it is one of the most widely used application suits across the globe. (You have right to disagree :))

In this post we will see Microsoft Office Live workspace. I know this is something old one but still I am covering it in first part of this series. So here we go,

+ Office Live workspace

Office Live Workspace

Windows Live services offer lot of useful tools right from Messenger, Mail, Writer, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker beta, Family Safety, Toolbar etc. One of the additions to it is Office Live workspace. There are lots of benefits of using MS Office Live workspace.

Office Live workspace allows anyone to access and share files from anywhere. It also allows saving over 1000 Microsoft Office documents online and working with Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Even it allows users to share view online while working on the documents. And all this come at free.

Office Live Workspace : After Login

In order to use Office Live Workspace with MS Office 2007, download and Install Office Live plug-in. That’s it!

Now open Word 2007 and navigate to “Open from Office Live”. As I have already logged into Office Live Workspace, we can see all workspaces that already exist under my account.

Office Live Workspace: Open Office Live from Word 2007

Office Live Workspace: Open Office Live Workspace from Word 2007

If we compare all workspace details (in images) above so one can easily get the idea of how these documents can be shared using Office Live Workspace.

Online collaboration is made possible by giving proper permissions and maintaining version control for each shared document.

Below are few videos embedded from http://ask.officelive.com

In next part of this series, we will see how Google Docs are useful for online collaboration with Office suites.

By Mandar Pise

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