Small businesses currently without a web presence can now sign up to a package of web services for free.
Microsoft Office Live is a collection of internet-based tools designed with small businesses. The trial period for this package is now complete and small firms lacking websites can now set one up for free using this technology.
Such businesses can initiate web design with their own web domain name, manage their customer databases and use company branded email accounts that the package includes.
As reported by startups.co.uk, Tim Kimber, head of Office Live in the UK, said: "The internet offers small businesses a fantastic opportunity to reach out to new markets, raise their profile and compete on a level footing with larger competitors.
"However, many lack the in-house expertise or funding to match the technology budgets of these larger organisations."
During the test period of Microsoft Office Live, more than 30,000 of the UKs small businesses tested the software. Further alternations have been made based on the feedback given by these companies.
Recent research by Mediasurface highlighted the high numbers of UK SMEs which made very limited use of web services. Around ten per cent of small businesses were found to have no web presence at all.
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