Microsoft is now giving away for free web hosting. The service is called “Office Live Basics” and includes a domain, a 500MB website, and 25 company-branded e-mail accounts with 2GB of storage in each account. The price can not be beat! A little note is that you can not upload an existing site, you must create one from scratch as detailed in this comparison chart. If you would like to upload your existing site, as well as have 1GB of webspace and 50 email addresses, you have to upgrade to “Office Live Essentials” for $19.95 per month. In my opinion, it would be cheaper to transfer your web hosting provider to the 1and1.com MS hosting beginner package which is $2.99 per month, with 10GB of webspace and 600 email accounts.
Microsoft is also giving away Office Accounting Express 2007 for free to compete with Quickbooks. Everyone uses quickbooks, and I guess they feel like the only way to compete with Quickbooks is to give away the competition.
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Change in Daylight Savings time starting this year
“In August of 2005 the United States Congress passed the Energy Policy Act, which changes the dates of both the start and end of daylight saving time (DST). When this law goes into effect in 2007, DST will start three weeks earlier (2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday in March) and will end one week later (2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November) than what had traditionally occurred.”
“All users of Microsoft products affected by the time change should give extra attention to meetings and appointments scheduled between March 11, 2007 to April 1, 2007 and October 28, 2007 to November 4, 2007, referred to here as the “extended DST period.” Users should view any appointments that fall into these date ranges as suspect until they communicate with all meeting invitees to make sure that the item shows up correctly on everyone’s calendar both internally and externally. To minimize confusion during the affected date ranges:
|•||Include the time of the meeting in the e-mail request so that invitees can double check the correct meeting time (such as, “Project brainstorming – 11:00 A.M. Central Time”).|
|•||Exercise caution with the appointments and meetings in the extended DST period. When in doubt, verify the correct time with the organizer.|
|•||Consider printing out your weekly calendars during the extended DST period prior to applying the Windows patch containing the updated time zone definitions and running the Outlook Time Zone Update tool so that you can keep track of which meetings were scheduled before and after you run the tool.|