Office Live nears release

“Microsoft Office Live…is going LIVE!”, according to an email newsletter sent to beta testers, with the release expected as early as next week.  The website management offering (not, we repeat, an online version of Microsoft Office) provides domain name and email account personalization, web site traffic stats, online workspace, and a number of other features all in one set of packages, from the free (ad supported) Office Live Basics to Office Live Essentials, at $29.95/mo.

Some new features coming soon include the Office Live adManager tool, making it easy to purchase and manage keywords on Windows Live Search; one stop online management of account, contact, and business opportunity information; support for eBay sales, tracking, and payments through PayPal; and more space for your website and online workspaces, with more branded email and IM accounts.

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