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Microsoft Office Live For Dummies

From Microsoft Office Live For Dummies by Karen S. Fredricks

Microsoft Office Live is a service that provides your company with a free domain name, website, and e-mail accounts. Additionally, Office Live offers business-management applications, such as tools for managing customers, projects, and documents. Office Live also offers you the capability to create an intranet where you and your colleagues can collaborate and share information online. Office Live comes in three sizes: Basics, Essentials, and Premium.

Comparing the Three Versions of Microsoft Office Live

Microsoft Office Live offers various levels of service to subscribe to — you have to decide which flavor of Office Live best fits your needs. Before launching a new business or inaugurating a new software system, it's always a good idea to sit down and determine your goals and needs.

Office Live comes in three versions: Basics, Essentials, and Premium. They come equipped with slightly different features — and slightly different price tags. Remember, Office Live is a subscription service — which means you sign up to use the service and can discontinue it at any time. Plus, you can start with any of the subscription plans and move up — or down — to a different plan at any time.

So what are the features you want to look for when you're deciding which subscription level is right for you? This table will help you determine your needs:

Product Comparison* Basics Essentials Premium
E-Mail
User e-mail accounts 25 accounts 50 accounts 50 accounts
E-mail storage space per account 2GB 2GB 2GB
Web Site Features
Domain-name registration Yes Yes Yes
Web-site storage space 500MB 1GB 2GB
Bandwidth 10GB 15GB 20GB
Web Site Designer software Yes Yes Yes
Upload existing Web site No Yes Yes
Use HTML/Web-design software No Yes Yes
Advanced Web site reports Yes Yes Yes
adManager Yes Yes Yes
Basic Applications
Office Live Mail Yes Yes Yes
E-Mail Address Book Yes Yes Yes
Personal Calendar Yes Yes Yes
Business Applications
Business Contact Manager No Yes Yes
Workspaces No Yes Yes
Time Manager No No Yes
Project Manager No No Yes
Document Manager No No Yes
Sales No No Yes
Company Administration No No Yes
Application storage space N/A 500MB 1GB
Users of business applications or workspaces N/A 10 20
Software Integration
Office Accounting Express 2007 Yes Yes Yes
Outlook No Yes Yes
Support Options
Online Help Yes Yes Yes
E-mail Yes Yes Yes
Toll-free phone No Yes Yes
Monthly fee Free $19.95 $39.95
* Information presented in this table is accurate as of the 2007 publication date of Microsoft Office Live For Dummies.
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