I am currently beta testing “Microsoft Live Essentials” where you can manage a business and its employees and projects online in a sophisticated and serious manner.
If you are interested in joining me in this beta test, please reply to
this post and I will set you up. I have 8 slots available for
additional testers. Check the system requirements at the end of this
message to make sure you have the right grit to get into the site.
Those 8 slots will go to forum “regulars” first and then others will be
considered. A forum regular is someone who posts at least one comment
here a week.
is providing a free domain name registrations for this program. I hate
coming up with temporary website names for things I plan to dump as
soon as they leave beta and move into a $30 a month fee for lackluster
server performance and meager bandwidth and paltry server space
allotments — but I came up with “Book Beta” anyway and you can find
that site barely designed online now at http://BookBeta.com.
As I understand it you, as one of my beta testers, can get in there and
design a sub-page of your own. I will also set you up so you can mingle
with employees, manage human resources and do lots of other business
stuff during the beta.
Add and delete what you wish. I only ask you not
publish or do something I will have to remove or fix later. If you
don’t know what I mean by that then you should not be in the beta. You
can express your interest in the beta by replying to this post with a
comment or by getting in touch via the Contact form link found at the
top of this page. You will also get a “firstname.lastname@example.org” email
address you can use (but not abuse!) — it looks and feels like Hotmail
because it is Hotmail.
If you do not have a Microsoft Passport account
I am uncertain if you will have to create one to participate in the
I cannot imagine anything that will convince me to continue beyond the
free beta test period and start paying $30 a month for the service and,
of course, I will lose my http://BookBeta.com
domain name because that’s the game Microsoft plays to get you to stay
I will close down the site when the beta is complete. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
To use Microsoft Office Live Essentials, you need the following:
Internet Explorer 5.5 with Service Pack 4 (SP4) or later running on
Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003 Internet
access via dial-up or broadband Super VGA (800 x 600) or
higher-resolution display Certain features require Microsoft Office
2000 or higher The following system requirements apply to specific
To use the Edit in Datasheet feature within the Business
Applications and Shared Sites areas of Microsoft Office Live requires
Microsoft Office 2003.
To export to Business Contact Manager requires
Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office XP, or Microsoft Office 2000.
To import contacts from Microsoft Office Outlook requires Microsoft
Office 2003 or Microsoft Office XP. To link contacts to Microsoft
Office Outlook requires Microsoft Office 2003.
* Certain features
require Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher, Microsoft Office 2000 or
higher, and Windows XP.