Office Live Workspaces: Our interview with Kirk Gregerson

By Kip Kniskern | In Interviews | Posted October 3, 2007 4 comments


Office Live Workspaces, announced on Monday and set to go into beta in December, will provide workspace manipulation and storage from within Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and integration with Outlook), and a web browser interface with a viewer for those Office files (and .pdf), and an ability to comment, along with rich list making capabilities that will synch to Outlook Tasks, Contacts, and Calendar.


Office Live Small Business (formerly Office Live) is one of the fastest growing Small Business services on the web, with over 450,00 domains registered in two years.  Office Live Workspaces is set to become a feature of the free Office Live Basic service.

I talked to Kirk Gregerson, Director of Product Management for Office for Consumers and Small Business, about the upcoming beta:

  1. Introducing Kirk Gregerson, and Office Live Workspaces
  2. What is Office Live Workspaces, and what is Microsoft Office Online?
  3. How does it work? Kirk talks about Workspaces within Office
  4. Office Live Workspaces in the browser
  5. Kirk explains the commenting process
  6. How collaboration works: a check-in metaphor
  7. 2 different interfaces
  8. Store many types of (non-Office) files
  9. What’s the relationship to SkyDrive?
  10. Workspace size explained: 500mb limit
  11. What versions of Office will work with Workspaces?
  12. Integration with Office Live Small Business
  13. Beta information – begins in December (sign up now)


LiveSide with Kirk Gregerson – Office Live Workspaces.mp3 (9.2mb – 19.38 minutes)

Update: We talk about being able to add comments to non-Office files, and I just got word that this is indeed possible.

Posted October 3rd, 2007 at 3:12 am
  • Tegument

    If you still have the chance to ask Kirk a question, I’d be curious to know if they will have the plugin that skydrive has, allowing you to drag n drop large groups of files, rather than the single file upload form that the current office live small business workspaces have.

  • WyzyrdMyrrlyn

    interesting idea tegument. hope it does. i was on the mailing list the day they announced it, so i hope i get in first :) i HATE forgetting to synch SkyDrive with my school comp and home comp, nearly totally screwed my art grade when skydrive wouldn’t load :( but thankfully in the end it did :) cant wait for office live workspace, should make this way easier.


  • Hb8

    Only disappointed that it seems it may take awhile to get to market. I’ve got a LOT of group projects that I need to collaborate with my fellow students on, and seems workspace would be an excellent way to do that. There doesn’t appear to really be any better method unless there’s something I’ve not found yet.

    Wyzyrd: Syncing with SkyDrive?! is that possible other than by drag’n’drop? Maybe I misread your statement

  • bf1977

    It does not have here in Brazil still.

    But I find that it has another thing that Microsoft would have to observe, as well as the Google Docs has the part that any one can use the publisher of texts.

    Microsoft would have to launch a Office well simple Live where alone would have the Word, Excel and Power Point.

    Thus any one can open archives direct of the Hotmail and for it goes there.

    I find that if to create a Office simple Live without the Outlook it would go to be formidable