Windows Live Office

What Does Windows Live Office Mean?

Windows Live Office was a Web-based version of Microsoft’s popular office suite. Although it was not as complete as its desktop counterpart, it did provide a handy way to manage documents online. The service was supported in 25 languages and needed Web access and a compatible browser interface.


In 2011, Windows Live Office was discontinued and replaced by Windows Live Skydrive and Office 365.

Techopedia Explains Windows Live Office

Windows Live Office consisted of two services: Office Live Workspace and Office Live Small Business. It offered the following key features:

Office Live Workspace:

  • Online Storage Space: All file formats were supported and users were permitted 5 GB of space.
  • Sharing of Documents: Password protected workspaces allowed users to set the security and authorization for different documents and spaces.
  • File and Software Compatibility: Office live workspace worked with all Microsoft office products, such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint, as well as other file types such as PDF.

Office Live Small Business:

  • Web Design Tools: Provided free online tools and template, as well as free website hosting and 500 MB of storage space. There was a provision to purchase additional storage space if needed.
  • Contact and Document Manager: The contact manager feature helped organize customer information and sharing. Document Manager provided the online repository for facilitating online sharing.
  • Team Workspace: Allowed for the posting and sharing of information among the different customers, users and partners

Both Office Live Workspace and Office Live Small Business were provided with online support and community websites.


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