Microsoft Office Live Beta Is Going Live
Office Live is a family of add-on services designed to complement Microsoft Office, the same way that the growing stable of Windows Live services will extend Microsoft Windows.
The LiveSide.Net Web site on Feb. 13 posted details on Office Live Beta 1s availability, as well as some screen shots of the pending Office Live beta releases.
The Office Live beta bits will be downloadable by testers starting at 6 a.m. PST Feb. 15, Microsoft officials said.
According to LiveSide, "Beta testers will require a product key in order to access the beta program. ... As will be visible when the portal finally opens on Wednesday, Office Live Collaboration and Essentials are expected to be available from $29.95 once the beta finishes."
The target audience for all three families of Office Live services are small-business customers with 10 or fewer employees, "which typically lack in-house technical resources or the budget to keep an IT person on staff," according to Microsoft.
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