14 thoughts on “How Good is Microsoft Live?”

  1. I’m curious if this is just for small businesses or if consumers can use it as well – to set up a website, email, etc.

  2. Donna,
    You don’t to prove yourself to be a small business. I identified myself as an individual rather than a small business while create this (www.vspeak.net) website. Yes, you get 5 email Id’s as well.

  3. “sharing documents” should not qualify for collaboration. How about linking business records, activities, users, customers together to support your team’s daily process – companies like http://www.norada.com are focused on the collaboration needs of small businesses and are way ahead of “Sharepoint”. And who do you call if you need help like a file restored etc? Tricks are for kids.

  4. I am might be using some other product. I used all three incarnations. I categorize them rubbish at best. The service is a revamp of sucky bcentral tools with a new name and some icons borrowed from MS office family. E-Mail and calendaring are nothing but crappy Hotmail. The so called business applications are lame. Salesforce.com might be laughing at the idiots who put together this product. Avoid the service like bad rash.

  5. If the web design tools are much better than Yahoo’s and Google pages, then the service seems useful. It sounds like free web hosting, and decent if simple web design tools.

    Compared to Yahoo’s 11.95/mo. (albeit with much more storage), and clumsy design tools, this sounds pretty good.

  6. If you want to start a website especially for business ventures, at least build essential HTML and CSS knowledge first as opposed to relying on a program to do the work for you. If you are truly dedicated to your line of work and want to establish an website, invest the time to develop basic skills instead of hopping on the first express train to your destination. I’m highly skeptical of Microsoft Live’s coding. Since IE functions on invalidity and this program only runs in IE, the coding may not be presentable in all browsers.

  7. Ramana : I would beg to differ. For small business owners, who don’t have the bandwidth to invest on IT, Microsoft Live Offering would work well. Definitely not for large clients. But that’s the segment it is catering to. More than anything I respect Microsoft’s tenacity in getting it right over a period of time and Office Live is a useful first step in that direction.

    Sapphire: The workbench depends on IE , not the final website. It is rendered well both in IE and Firefox, at least for the ones that I tried. I don’t think business people involved in metal fabrication (for example) give a damn about HTML/CSS and their needs are very simple and precise. Office Live caters to them. This is I believe is Microsoft’s strength, catering to the masses and not tech utopia. I don’t see many people complaining about proprietary iTunes format as long as it is cool and easy to use?

    Gerald: Agree with you, collaboration piece is not well thought.

  8. This offering is very disappointing. It is simply a re-hash of the existing “sitebuilder” genre of browser-based website builders.

    Many exist – the archetypical Daddy of this stuff is Geocities and Trellis (from Mr Visicalc Dan Bricklin)

    The collobration is a nice geek demo of what you can taking/pushing the current SharePoint to the limit.

    The problem with all the “small business” collaboration sites/tools are that they are built by geeks or suits sitting in cubes in big tech companies. Not by people that actually have seen how real small business works in the real world.

    Small business doesn’t need simplistic document libraries, and online noteboards to share announcements, news, and other snippets.

    In the real world, sneakernet in small business means simply standing up and talking to your collague or shouting out across the hall.

    Colloboration tools currently exist to solve a problem in big companies – separated by multiple buildings, geographic dispursion, and competing attention of diferent “task forces”, “project teams”, and peer groups, collab tools today are trying to re-create the online equivalent of 5 members of a group sitting in one office or bullpen with their desks and chairs in shouting distance.

    That’s why none of this stuff works for small business. It’s trying to a solve a problem that doesn’t exist – or at least in terms of the prioritized needs of the small business person is not even on their radar of what the business person wants to address to help grow their business.

  9. So far the “free” factor has worked out well. I got my website http://www.iQcrave.com through this service and it has not been that bad. For people who do know html and will want to create a page in html will be disappointed. For those with no experience will find this service useful.

  10. The page editor simply will not work. I cannot create a website and tech support has been unable to help me resolve this after numerous emails. Page editor comes up but none of the buttons work or do anything.


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