Microsoft Office Live goes live November 15

Posted by Mark Raby

Adding to its expansive line of products sporting the Office name, Microsoft today announced that it will launch Office Live, a robust Web hosting service, on 15 November. The service will be available in both a free, ad-supported version as well as a premium, fee-based package.

Office Live, in addition to hosting domain name servers for anyone who signs up for an account, also provides a wide range of features to help manage websites.

It provides the domain owners with traffic reports, an unlimited amount of Web pages, and a proprietary site design tool. In addition, Office Live allows up to 50 e-mail accounts to be set up, depending on the version.

Taking a page from Google's book, users will be able to use the service for free on an ad-supported basis. Premium, subscription-based services will also be available for customers who do not want ads to get in the way.

Customers subscribed to the fee-based versions, which are at two tiers of $19.95 a month and $39.95 a month, also receive extra bandwidth, e-mail accounts, and disk space, as well as compatibility with future supplemental features.

Premium customers will also have access to extra business management features, including an integrated contact manager/customer support tool and a slate of sales & marketing services.