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Microsoft Office Live Basics

Microsoft Office Live Basics is the easy way to get started on the Web. If you have always wanted your own Web site, Office Live has just made it easier much easier.
- Free domain name and Web hosting
- Easy-to-use Web site design tools
- 500 MB of Web site storage space
- 25 company-branded e-mail accounts
- Web site reports

Full details here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/officelive/FX101534261033.aspx

It will ask for a credit card to confirm that you are who you say you are, however no money will be taken (explanation given on sign up page).
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#1
Hi m3ta7h3ad, welcome to HUKD!
#2
* Terms Apply!

Basically you will need a credit card!!
#3
Yup as posted, you need a debit/credit card to allow them to confirm your details.

I used a visa debit myself, im sure switch/maestro will also work.

Edit:

Oh and thanks EmmaJK42 :)
#4
Why do you need my credit card for a free subscription?
Even though Microsoft Office Live Basics is a free service and Microsoft Office Live Collaboration is free during the beta period, we still require a credit card in order to validate that every customer is a legitimate entity. We are concerned for two reasons:
Microsoft wants to help mitigate fraud and strives to ensure that the Web sites we provide for our small business customers are for valid purposes. Requiring a valid credit card is intended to decrease the likelihood that malicious users will sign up.
Web site scams, such as "phishing" or spamming, often use fictitious Web sites to deceive consumers into disclosing credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security numbers, passwords, or other sensitive information. We limit the number of offers to one per credit card number as added protection against malicious users signing up for our service.
We also require a credit card to facilitate payment of additional services (e.g., the purchase of additional domain names or extra storage) as well as at the conclusion of the Office Live Collaboration Beta period, when customers will be asked if they would like to continue using our services on a paid, monthly subscription basis. With your explicit permission, we can establish monthly billing using your credit card information. You will be able to continue using our services without interruption and without having to submit additional account information.




#5
now we have a free domain name can we move it else where ??
#6
''you cannot transfer your domain name to another registrar for 60 days after signing up with Office Live''

Hope this helps

Bryan
#7
Just signed up thanks very much :thumbsup:

voted hot
#8
Bryan839
''you cannot transfer your domain name to another registrar for 60 days after signing up with Office Live''

Hope this helps

Bryan


thanks

Voted hot & repped
#9
Damn! I want this but I'm using Linux! ;(
#10
Does it not work in firefox? give us 2 ticks... will see if the page editing environment works in mozilla.

Failing that they do provide a web based uploader for the pages. Will check that for you too.

Edit: ahh thats damn harsh.

http://home.membercenter.office.microsoft.com/Misc/CompatibleShell.aspx?linkId=UnsupportedBrowser

Cant do it unless your using IE6. Guess you could use WINE to install IE6 and log in that way.
1 Like #11
big_anth
thanks

Voted hot & repped


No problem, can I have some rep 2 please lol. :thumbsup:

jk. What are the benifits of moving this domain to another place?

Bryan
1 Like #12
Bryan839
No problem, can I have some rep 2 please lol. :thumbsup:

jk. What are the benifits of moving this domain to another place?

Bryan


id like to be able to FTP to the site and drag/drop files

would also like to use sql & php :)
#13
Worst come to the worst a small index.html with meta http-equiv=refresh and the respective jargon afterwards with a 1 second refresh time would suffice if you wanted to link it to a different webspace you have online. :)

Not sure if it will let you transfer name servers, or if it means the entire domain and transferring registrars.
#14
Excellent stuff m8. heat & rep coming your way.
#15
Arg, it only takes Visa/Mastercard/American Express! Why didn't it tell me that BEFORE I got all excited and chose a domain name etc.
#16
Looks good, but there's a line I don't like much "as well as at the conclusion of the Office Live Collaboration Beta period, when customers will be asked if they would like to continue using our services on a paid, monthly subscription basis."

Anyone know how much this is likely to be, or how much it'd cost to transfer?
#17
You have chose the wrong one mate, the basic package is free, the next 2 packages are BETA versions and will cost £11.95 and over £20 per month before VAT for the other 2 packages once it goes commercial.

Now that is expensive!!

But I have just signed up to the free one and all looks good for now, especially the free domain name.

Voted mega hot from me!!!
#18
Thanks indeed - what a find! Shame the email interface is a little rubbish though, but hell, its free!

You can only use outlook if you get the £11.95 a month one...expensive!

Voted hot and repped!
#19
Nope, i take that back - email interface is the same as hotmail, so thats fine. I appear to have been trying to access email from webpage interface!

A most excellent find indeed then!
#20
While this is a great find, why bother registering one with them just to move it away?

Do they charge a domain release fee? I wouldn't be surprised. Chances are transferring in a domain elsewhere, you may also have to pay.

Rather than mess around registering one here for free, you may just as well pay £5 for one if your intent on moving it elsewhere.

However, this is great for someone who wants just a basic web page so I've added some heat and rep!
#21
Mine came up with an error, yet the domain name is now taken so I have no idea if it has gone through or not
#22
http://www.scrabble.org.au/words/fours.htm
Might be useful if you want to come up with some 4 letter domain names, which are meant to be (I don't recognise quite a few of them) real words.
#23
dont forget that if you do sign up, and you are not registering for a business but for your own personal use your address and name will be registered which cannot be faked since it need to match your credit card. All of which can easily be accessed simply via doing a "whois" on your new site. Risky. Main reason why i stopped at the last stage.
#24
Out of interest has anyone received lots of spam yet since registering? It seems since I fcompelted that MS competition recently for one of the 1000 free Vista and Office packages that my email address is being bombarded with offers of microsoft products from unscrupulous spammers. I wonder if it wasnt Microsoft after all?
#25
This made me wonder "Microsoft wants to help mitigate fraud" therefore why ask us for very personal details to be sent online to them? Very fishy!
Also - even though I chose the really free version it states clearly that it is a Beta version and the reason for the credit card is to make it easier to pay for the service once it commences. So unless you want to pay Gatesy and Co why bother setting one up and putting work in only to have to leave it at the end of the Beta period? Would make sense getting a 'proper' one for a fiver as previously suggested.
#26
demonblade
dont forget that if you do sign up, and you are not registering for a business but for your own personal use your address and name will be registered which cannot be faked since it need to match your credit card. All of which can easily be accessed simply via doing a "whois" on your new site. Risky. Main reason why i stopped at the last stage.


Are companies really able to find out your address from your credit card? I am not sure about this - after all that would be protected under data protection and if it was the case why would we always need to fill in our addresses when making purchases online if we are paying with our credit cards anyway?
#27
Diodorus-siculus
PS Just got [url]www.diodorus-siculus.co.uk[/url]

Watch out for it :)



Hi Kevin, I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE :whistling:

:giggle:

Sorry, but this is a good example of what i mean. When they register the domain name for you, your address and name HAS to be published. Every domain has to have their details released so that people can see who owns it.
#28
Gah... when will businesses realise that not everyone has a Visa/Mastercard/Am Ex!

Voted hot and added rep :)
1 Like #29
demonblade
Hi Kevin, I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE :whistling:

:giggle:

Sorry, but this is a good example of what i mean. When they register the domain name for you, your address and name HAS to be published. Every domain has to have their details released so that people can see who owns it.
yeah, that's a good point demonblade.

I got worried and just did a whois on the domain I just registered for myself with 123-reg and instead of showing the address it has the following statement "The registrant is a non-trading individual who has opted to have their address omitted from the WHOIS service." Worth the £5
#30
any way of building a web site without using the microsoft software?
#31
I have a website that is only in flash, can I put it on that domain name?
#32
fungus
any way of building a web site without using the microsoft software?

I've got a friend who signed up to this and isnt really worth it, yep not even worth being free!

you can only use their templates unless you upgrade and all looks very unprofessional, plus they have the domain if you want to go elsewhere

even basic ftp is out of the question
#33
Yeah I have realised that I can't ftp anything, very basic hosting indeed. It will do for a landing page giving more info about my own website.

This is basically more free advertising for me, so it's not all bad. At least it would be good if it will let me put hyperlinks and pictures on the page. It let me put one hyperlink on but everything seems to have stopped working, it will upload my pics but won't put them on the page, it did when I first tried but not any more. Hmmmm......

In fact it all seemed to stop when I deleted everything they had on the home page, before I was just writing over the top of it but decided after my first paragraph to right click and delete the rest that was underneath, and then it decided to no longer accept my hyperlinks or pics.
#34
any reason for the many porn pictures in the first post?
#35
trevrep
any reason for the many porn pictures in the first post?

It would seem some script kiddie has edited a few posts!
#36
It looks like someone may have been updating the site during the night and left the original threads open for editing to the general public.

Come on mods, own up, who messed up, let us know when you all wake up and see this.

I must admit my right arm is getting tired though.



Behave, i meant from pressing enter all these many times on keybaord!
#37
beerman1
It looks like someone may have been updating the site during the night and left the original threads open for editing to the general public.

Come on mods, own up, who messed up, let us know when you all wake up and see this.

I must admit my right arm is getting tired though.



Behave, i meant from pressing enter all these many times on keybaord!

registered users have the ability to edit the orgininal thread and add to it so this site is an easy target to idiots and script muppets alike.
#38
Nice deal but I wouldn't touch it :-)

I wouldn't trust Microsoft products to design at all, even Dreamweaver is about 90% correct... Bleh ;-)
#39
trevrep
any reason for the many porn pictures in the first post?


Damn! Missed 'em!
#40
Couple of questions have been asked it seems.

1. The "office live basics" is not a beta, the beta terms in the contract are pertaining to office live essentials and office live professional. Both of which are the only ones with "BETA" or "free trial" splashed all over their logos.

2. I've nada to do with the reported porn pictures in my post, no idea how they got there was wondering why the post looks so huge when it was small when I left it last night.

3. Unfortunately I never noticed the restriction on uploading. Was under the impression page management did it for you. clearly not. That said... there is a workaround. Head to the "document manager" and you can upload files into yourdomain.co.uk/documents/ and HTML files are rendered fine there, not tried any other fancy scripting.

4. To upload images same deal click on the "image uploader" and upload away :)

5. As for WHOIS information, well there is a facility to change that information in the domain management box, while i've successfully changed my address on .com's to something along the lines of 123 blah street. I've yet to change it here.

That said it is a .co.uk domain we're protected by data protection and can opt out of showing our address providing we are consumers and not businesses. May be worth an email to these guys (the registrar's of all .uk domain names)

http://www.nominet.org.uk

Personal data

We will make your personal data available in the following ways, but not release it for any other purpose to any other person. We may:
11.1 include it on the register;
11.2 include it on the WHOIS (which is also available outside the EEA) and PRSS. For these purposes we will publish your name and (unless you are a consumer and choose to opt out) your address, but not your phone or fax number or e-mail address;
11.3 if they ask in writing, give your personal data to people with a legitimate reason for asking for it (based on the exemptions in the Data Protection Act 1998 or similar laws that replace or follow it), including government or law enforcement agencies;
11.4 give your personal data to your current or proposed agent (or both); and
11.5 use it as set out in the DRS policy and DRS procedure.

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