What, Microsoft Office sucks?

Microsoft Online Tools

microsoft office live workspace Office Live Workspace offers more collaboration surrounding documents and workspaces.  Think of Office Live Workspace as a miniature, personal version of SharePoint.  You can simply share office documents or alternatively, click “Create A Workspace” and build either: Project Workspace, School Workspace, Sports Team Workspace, and so on.  Each workspace type has specific site features for that audience.  For example the Meeting workspace will facilitate a attendee list, meeting notes, minutes archive, and a to-do list.

Windows Live SkyDrive was recently bumped to 5GB from 1GB of online storage for its users.  SkyDrive is plainly a storage area on the web. Think of it as your own locker for you to keep files on.  The online storage space was thought to be a more contested market.  Google has been rumored to be offering a Gdrive (the user-created name for their online storage space).

Tired of paying for Microsoft Office try this free office suite.

OpenOffice.org is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute.

Openoffice Writer  openoffice calc a spreadsheet program

Google fans don’t forget.image

Google Docs is a free, Web-based word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation application offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users.

As we reported in yesterdays post Google continues its dominance over Microsoft with the Google Sites.  Makes creating a team site as easy as editing a document with Google docs.

What the heck is Zoho online?

Zoho is a suite of online applications (services) that you sign up for and access from their website. The applications are free for individuals. There vision is to provide their customers (individuals, students, educators, non-profits, small and medium sized  businesses) with the most comprehensive set of applications available anywhere; and for those applications to have enough features (depth) to make your user experience worthwhile.


As you can see there are viable and sometimes free online packages to accomplish your collaboration, word processing and spreadsheet needs.  These tools also offer much more in the way of office suite tools check them out.  Why spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars for Microsoft’s Office 2007.

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3 Responses to What, Microsoft Office sucks?

  1. Jeff D says:

    Hey Admiral-
    I just wanted to point out that Office Live Workspace offers 5GB of free storage space, and Skydrive has been bumped up to 25GB. Both meet different sets of needs, but both compliment each other very well.

    In addition to Office Live Workspace, there is also Office Live Small Business, which lets people register a .com domain (not a subdomain) and host it for free on Microsoft’s servers. Anyone looking to lock down a domain should definitely consider Office Live Small Business.

    MSFT Office Live Outreach

  2. Admiral70 says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for the great information. I have been using Skydrive since being accepted into the original beta program. I have or use to have an Office Live Workspace account but never really used it. I see the value when you need to share data with others in different locations.

    Thanks for stopping by Fam5 and making a comment.

  3. Jeff D says:

    Glad I could stop by. Just had Aaron (^AG) from @Office_Live follow your tweets- looking forward to your updates.

    MSFT Office Live Outreach

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