Microsoft Online Storage – Office Live WorkSpace
Another best of Microsoft online storage is the Office Live Workspace. Though online storage, remote backup, or a place to collaborate and brainstorm on one or more projects at a time, is still in beta, MS has already found several takers for the storage. As with MSN SkyDrive, you get 25GB of FREE space to store your Office files: Word files, PowerPoint, and Excel points. You can also upload other types, including Notepad and MS Paint files.
Office Live Workspace lets you create different workspaces for different projects. It scans each file for viruses as you or any member of your team uploads them. You can share a file with a maximum of 100 people. After creating a workspace, you can upload different files in a project. As each workspace and each file within the workspace is a separate entity, you have full control over sharing.
For example, if I am writing a book on MSE, I will create a workspace. Then, I will create a main file wherein I note down the points I intend to cover and timeline for completing the project. I will create a file for each topic and share it with one or more writers. This way, others cannot peek into the main project file and none knows what the other is writing.
You can strategically decide what files to share and with whom. This makes sure that the right person gets the right file and none gets the entire thing. If you wish, you may share all files. We have a more detailed article on Office Live Workspace on Bright Hub that may further help you.
- You also get a free website when you opt for Office Live, one of the best Microsoft Online Storage.
- Help for Office Live is readily available on Twitter. Address your tweets to @Office_Live.
It appears that Microsoft is discontinuing the Office Live service. When you login into Office Live WorkSpace, you are told that your workspaces will be transferred to Windows SkyDrive as folders. However, so far Microsoft has not said anything about discontinuing the Office Live service. Its Twitter account and Facebook pages are still there and so are the help files for using Office Live. Windows SkyDrive is a great service with Free Office Web Apps that let you create and use Office files without the need for a local copy of MS Office. For details on using SkyDrive, please read our article: SkyDrive Tutorial.