Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is making some of the final development touches on Office Live Workspace. Office Live Workspace is a direct competitor of Google’s online office suite, Google Docs & Spreadsheets.
Microsoft Office Live Workspace has been used by over about 1 million users. The goal for launching the full version of the online Microsoft Office suite is by the end of 2008. Office Live Workspace has support for 11 languages and plans to support 37 by the end of the year.
?The pace at which people are signing up for the beta tells us that
they are looking for ways to resolve the complexities of their work,
school and home projects through a range of choices,? stated Kirk
Gregersen, Director of Consumer and Small-Business Product Management
for Microsoft Office. ?It takes companies years to attract a strong
customer base such as this. We?re excited about Office Live Workspace
growth and innovation yet to come.?
The Office Live team also noticed that students have a tendency to use Office Live Workspace to access a single document collaboratively rather than having remote access to their own documents.
Microsoft Office Live Workspace is free, but it does not serve as an alternative to having to buy Microsoft Office. There are ways to make basic edits online for the documents, but nothing as extensive as the desktop software.
Some of the features that Microsoft has added since the Beta launch six months ago includes Firefox support, improved sharing abilities, multi-file upload, direct links, notifications, and an activity panel that shows who is active in your sharing group. Files are password-protected optional.
The full press release is on Microsoft PressPass