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Live Workspace offers online access to Office files

The new strategy is based on the company’s current model, consisting of the sale of software licenses that work locally on computers, bringing it a little closer to its competitor Google, which offers online versions of its suite of office applications Docs, in which includes a spreadsheet, word processing and presentation software.

Available for free, Office Live Workspace is the first in a new wave of online services from the developer. Users can save more than 1,000 Office documents online and access them from the web to share the documents with other users through an invitation-only, password-protected online workspace.

The new technology works with Macs, according to Microsoft. Mac users signing up during the beta program will need to use Firefox 2.0 or later on Mac OS X 10.2.x or later, as outlined in the documentation posted on the Office Live Workspace website.

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