Mar 26, 2012

What are you going to do when Microsoft kills Office Live Small Business?

Microsoft OLSB is going bye-bye at the end of April. The push over to Office 365 sounds like it wouldn't be a big deal, but you have to manually redo your OLSB website even if you stick around with Office 365 because OLSB web hosting is going to be gone on May1. Oh, and don't forget to update domain DNS records to reflect your new provider. This is a pain. Is there an easy way to move a OLSB site, or are we going to have to start a new website from square one?

Thankfully, I don't use it so it's not an issue for me. It's another black eye for Microsoft though. I'm not sure why anybody would bother with their stuff outside of Office or Windows anyway. But your mileage may vary.

I gave OLSM a try a year or so ago, but I never became a user, so I may be off on this, but I don't think there is an easy way to migrate your website from OLSM.  I've read a little about this on various forums, and the majority of the comments seems to suggest that you can't just "copy and paste" an existing OLSM web site if you want to move it.  As one person put it, "the HTML code is full of propreitary calls and link-backs" so you might be in a situation where it is just as easy to build a new site from scratch.  On the upside, you can take what you've learned since creating your original site and make your new site a step forward for users.  Good luck with taking care of this, you don't have a lot of time to play around with.

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