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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 4, 2008 / 28 Adar II 5768

Microsoft's Online Web Tool Shows Promise

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | You say you're confused: you want a web site for your small business, but you don't want to fool around with HTML coding, cascading style sheets, and heaven-knows-what-else in order to get things running. This doesn't have to be a beat-the-world kind of Internet site, but it would be nice if it covered all the bases.


Oh, and could this be done at no major cost, please?


The answer is, yes, and the source is a tad unlikely: Microsoft Corp. So, why is the firm giving users a free Web design tool, especially when it's selling Expression Web, the successor software to Microsoft FrontPage, for $299? The official answer would suggest that these products are for two different users: Expression Web, which I've not yet reviewed, is aimed at Web designers and will compete with Adobe Systems' Dreamweaver. The free Web design tool, part of Microsoft Office Live Small Business, is designed for those who aren't code jockeys.


The nice thing is that Office Live Small Business is a good way for the small business user to get on the Web. Within a few minutes, you can be on the way to having your own Web domain (apart from one Microsoft gives you free), having free Web hosting, and designing a serviceable Web site. For a lot of small- to medium-sized service businesses, such as pet sitters, professional organizers, accountants, cleaning services and the like, the Office Live Small Business system may be all that you need.


Microsoft wants you to have a "Windows Live" ID, which means signing up for a free Microsoft Hotmail e-mail account. Once done, your e-mail address becomes your ID, and a way to sign into Office Live.


If you like, you can use the domain name Microsoft will "give" you, such as "MyCompany.Web.officelive.com," but that's a bit of a mouthful. Instead, you can link the Office Live site to your present Web address, or sign up for one via Microsoft for $14.95 a year. That's more, by the way, than registrars such as GoDaddy.com will charge you, but the price includes keeping your contact information confidential when it comes to a "WHOIS" search of your domain name. That cuts down on spam and calls from telemarketers.


I registered a domain and within 90 minutes, it was up and active. Promoting it to the "primary" domain for my Web site had things in order in about 60 seconds after clicking the appropriate button.


The Office Live site will integrate your Hotmail account in a browser window that resembles a Microsoft Outlook screen. You get a bunch of templates from which to choose a main style, and online editing tools to create hyperlinks and embellish text that you enter. You can upload photos and other items to incorporate into your Web pages. The finished product can look rather good. Again, this isn't going to give you a totally "custom" design, but for many businesses, it'll more than suffice.


I'm not certain whether I like the concept more for what it delivers, which is a quite a bit, or for what it can portend. In delivery, Office Live keeps its promise of making a Web presence available for many small business folks; there are additional tools and services to help you communicate with customers, sell products online and do other things, so the service can become relatively comprehensive.


I also like its promise: Microsoft may well offer other higher-end applications in a "free" Web version - Office Live will be ad supported - while saving the full package for software buyers. Meanwhile, check it out at www.officelive.com, especially if you've got a business to grow. Note, though, it works only with Internet Explorer and Firefox; Safari users need not apply.

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