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Its Alive!

Its Alive
by Gary Woods

If you use Microsoft Office you'll want to sign up for Office Live Workspace. This service, which is currently free, provides online file storage, document sharing and desktop presentation features.

Unlike Google Docs and Zoho, Office Live Workspace is not an online suite of programs it is storage for work that you create on your own computer. It will work with Office XP, 2003 or 2007 and requires that you install a free, downloadable plug-in which installs a toolbar in your desktop applications.

The toolbar then allows you to save new files to the Workspace site, add files already saved on your hard drive to the site or open and edit documents previously stored online.

In an amazing show of generosity this Microsoft product allows you to use not only Microsoft's Internet Explorer but also Firefox. The only downside is that the Firefox version lacks a useful ActiveX-enabled button that opens a stored file in the appropriate Office application with a single click.

I think the coolest part about Live Workspace is a feature they call "LiveMeeting Lite." Through SharedView you can easily invite another Workspace user to collaborate with you on a project and view your desktop or even take control.

And as long as you're collaborating you can create online events or task lists that you can then sync with Outlook.

Live Workspace could be a huge benefit to people who work in a lot of different places and still need access to their data.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc