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Live Workspace lets you access Office files online

Microsoft recently revealed Office Live Workspace, a way to access Microsoft Office documents online.

The new strategy departs from the company’s current model of selling licenses for software that runs locally on computers, and takes it a little closer to competitor Google. which offers online versions of its productivity applications suite Docs, which includes spreadsheet, word processor and presentation software.

Available free, Office Live Workspace is among the first in a new wave of online services from the company. Users can save more than 1,000 Office documents to one place online and access them through the Web, and share the documents with others in a password-protected, invitation-only online workspace.

The new technology works on the Mac, according to Microsoft. Mac users who sign up for the beta program will need Firefox 2.0 or later running Mac OS X 10.2.x or later, according to documentation posted on the Office Live Workspace Web site.

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