Office Live announces improvements across the board

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The Office Live team has just announced an number of improvements coming soon to all three flavors of Office Live: Basic, Essentials, and Premium.  "The upgrade process began January 5th and will last four to six weeks", according to the announcement.  Here are the improvements for Office Live Basics, as listed on the Office Live Small Business site on

Office Live Basics

Here’s how we’re improving your service:

Web site design and management

  • Site Designer tool is now easier to use
  • Customize the look of your site even more by replacing template header with your own custom header
  • Easily add a blog to your Web site with the new integration with Windows Live Spaces Blogs
  • Slideshow creation is now easier than ever and you can now add captions to your images
  • For our advanced users and professional Web designers, a new advanced mode adds more flexibility in design and layout, You’ll now have the ability to:
    • Customize header, footer, and navigation on a page-by-page basis
    • Import or edit custom XSLT code
    • Use custom HTML and third-party design tools

E-mail accounts

  • All customers can now take advantage of full synchronization with Outlook 2007 for e-mail, personal contacts, calendar, and tasks
  • Mail storage capacity expanded to 5GB per user e-mail account


  • The reporting system is completely redesigned and enhanced
  • With new adManager integration, you can monitor search advertising efforts with and, along with your Web site traffic
  • Analyze performance of all your sales and marketing campaigns in a single place
  • Track Web site conversion points, click-through, and page views for each marketing campaign

Note   The reporting system will experience a service interruption when the application is upgraded

There are changes coming to Essentials and Premium as well, check them out on the site.