The original Office Live was launched in February 2006 as a easy to use business focused hosting package that competes directly with Yahoo’s small business hosting service.
The new features include:
Other features include gadgets and improved adCenter integration.
When Michael first covered the service he wrote the following:
For a small company needing an informational website, it will be great. Given that the domain name, website building, hosting and email will all be free, this will be very attractive to small business.
It still holds true today, it’s a solid hosting package, and the free options are appealing. Although there is no shortage of hosting options in the market, these sorts of packages appeal to the less computer literate and the main competition here is Yahoo. Yahoo’s small business offering recently announced unlimited hosting, but packages start at $11.95, which is precisely $11.95 more expensive than Microsoft’s base level package. Couple that with the strong cross branding/ marketing with Microsoft Office and this is one space Microsoft will grow marketshare in, and likely at Yahoo’s expense.