Microsoft Office Live is a set of Internet-based services designed for consumers and small businesses interested in creating a website or storing and sharing documents online. As of 2009, it consists of two services, Office Live Workspace and Office Live Small Business
It looks cool right? No as long you got access to a browser you are able to use Microsoft Office, without paying for it. Well that is so wrong. Because currently Microsoft Office Live only works for Windows (FireFox and IE browsers only) and Mac (Safari and FireFox browsers only). So a big "fuck you" if you using ANY other browsers in windows or if you not using Windows at all, you can dream about using this Microsoft service.
This caught my interest because I remember in November/December 2009, when Google was demonstration their Chrome OS they managed to use Office Live on Chrome Web Browser, but now magically it doesnt work. You can do a few quick searches around google/yahoo/bing/etc and find out that OfficeLive use to work for ANY webbrowser and ANY Operating System.
Now for those who are tech-savvy, there is a method to check if REALLY it doesn't work on other Browsers/Operating Systems as Microsoft says. It involves modifying the UserAgent-String ( a list of User Agent String can be found here:- http://www.useragentstring.com ).
Depending on your browser you are using there are different methods to change the User-Agent String. For Opera you can go to the about:config and find the user agent strings there and change it. For google chrome and firefox there is an extension/plugin for it. (Just search the keyword, User Agent)
Just remember to change to something which reflects the following requirements:-
Office Live Workspace requires an Internet-connected computer running Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Mac OS X 10.2.x and later. It works with the following browsers:
Internet Explorer 6.0 or later
Firefox 2.0 or later
Safari 3.0 or later
After you change the User-Agent String, you will see that Offive Live now magically works. So what does this tell you, either Microsoft is purposely blocking it or that they got shitty programmers who cannot program according to open web standards or maybe even they jealous of other Operating Systems/Web Browsers. Remember if it really doesnt work in other web browsers, you can just put a warning, "blah blah blah might not work, proceed at your own risk", but here we have Microsoft just block you out straight.
Another Anti-Trust case might open soon?? Maybe in the EU *wink wink*