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Microsoft unveils Office online productivity tools

Microsoft has launched a range of free online productivity tools to aid collaboration on documents among enterprise users and consumers.

Microsoft has launched a range of free online productivity tools to aid collaboration on documents among enterprise...

users and consumers.

Microsoft Office Live Workspace is a new Web-based feature of the Microsoft Office suite that lets people access their documents online and share their work with others.

Those with no version of Office on their desktops can view and comment on the documents stored online for sharing in a web browser, but cannot modify them.

The service allows users to save more than 1,000 Microsoft Office documents in one place online and access them via any web browser on any computer.

Users can work collaboratively on a project with others in a password-protected, invitation-only online workspace.

The document formats supported include Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook.

The service follows a similar system recently launched by IBM. Big Blue's Symphony service saw 100,000 software downloads within a week of its launch.

The availability of the Microsoft service has yet to be confirmed by Redmond.

Anyone can now pre-register for the English language beta of Office Live Workspace.

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