Microsoft Gets Serious About Collaboration and Storage

WLSWhen it comes to doing business on the web, one of the main issues we face involves sharing files with team mates, stakeholders, and customers.  There are tools such as BaseCamp and Box.Net, but if you want an alternative, two products Worksp;acefrom Microsoft might be just what you’re looking for.

Windows Live SkyDrive will allow you have up to 5GB of online storage and Office Live Workspace serves as your personal collaboration space on the web.  We’ll elaborate on both both these services.

Windows Live SkyDrive was recently bumped to 5GB from 1GB of online storage for its users.  SkyDrive is plainly a storage area on the web. Think of it as your own locker for you to keep files on.  The online storage space was thought to be a more contested market.  Google has been rumored to be offering a Gdrive (the user-created name for their online storage space).

SkyDrive recently lost its Beta status and also added support for many new countries including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile,
Colombia, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador,
Finland, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the
Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru,
Puerto Rico, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan,
and Turkey.

Office Live Workspace offers more collaboration surrounding documents and workspaces.  Think of Office Live Workspace as a miniature, personal version of SharePoint.  You can simply share office documents or alternatively, click “Create A Workspace” and build either: Project Workspace, School Workspace, Sports Team Workspace, and so on.  Each workspace type has specific site features for that audience.  For example the Meeting workspace will facilitate a attendee list, meeting notes, minutes archive, and a to-do list.

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These tools can add some much needed functionality to your web working life. 

Which web based collaboration tools do you use the most?

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