Microsoft is announcing its strategy to get into the cloud focusing on two different types of services, “Live” and “Online.” Live is targeted at individuals and small businesses and Microsoft is preparing to roll out a beta of the newly christened Microsoft Office Live Workspace around October 1. Online is targeted at the enterprise customer. Both look to take advantage of Microsoft’s Sharepoint and Groove software.
Office Live Workspace is a web based service that allows uses to access their documents online and of course share and collaborate on those documents with others. While it will be an extension of Office 2007, the service will also work with third-party office applications like OpenOffice and StarOffice, as well as Office XP. This isn’t an online document creation tool, but rather a sharing and collaboration solution from what I’m reading.
You can sign up for the beta here.