Office Live to complement Office 2007 in SMBs

Just take a minute to consider this. Web-hosted services and Microsoft Office … Just try to imagine the large number of services / solutions Microsoft can leverage for small, medium and large enterprises. All the pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place. Windows Live / Office Live combined with Microsoft’s Enterprise Solutions is a huge, huge opportunity if you ask me.

… Web-hosted services will be key to delivering collaboration functions to Office 2007 SMB users

Office Live, a set of web-hosted services from Microsoft, will play a key role in the delivery of collaboration functions to users of its Office 2007 suite in small businesses.

Office 2007, unlike its predecessor Office 2003, is not just about personal productivity tools, but is focused on collaboration, said Chris Capossela, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Information Worker Product Management Group…

I hope Chris did not say this, as Office 2003 was the tippingpoint for Microsoft through the introduction of Microsoft Office System. Office System being the integrated platform of Office ‘as we kno’w it’ and a number of specific servers and Services (SharePoint, Exchange, LCS, LiveMeeting) providing integrated communication and collaboration capabilities … Ofcourse the integration of Office 2007 with Office Live is a new chapter; with many to follow …

… Office Live will for example host some of the capabilities of Microsoft’s Office SharePoint collaboration server, that will enable small businesses to share documents with business associates, Capossela said. Office SharePoint Server 2007 helps organizations gain better control and insight over their content, streamline their business processes, and access and share information, according to Microsoft.

The current focus of Office Live is on small businesses, the segment that is likely to find these services more valuable, but Microsoft is also adding Office Live services that will help students and home users share information with others, Capossela said….

Read on : InformationWeek