Microsoft: Goodbye Spaces, Hello WordPress.com

By  |  Monday, September 27, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Interesting news at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference this morning: Microsoft is shutting down its Windows Live Spaces blogging service and helping its seven million bloggers migrate over to Automattic’s WordPress.com. Spaces bloggers will be able to recreate their blogs on WordPress or download their data so they can make other arrangements, and they have a reasonably generous six months to make a decision before Microsoft shutters Spaces. And a new integration feature will let WordPress.com users ping their Windows Live buddies whenever they’ve published a new post.

I suppose that there are some Spaces users who considered using WordPress.com and opted for Microsoft’s service instead, but I suspect they’re far outnumbered by newbies who chose Spaces simply because it’s been the default Windows Live blogging service until now. Overall, it sounds like a good move for everyone involved: Spaces bloggers get an outstanding blog platform that’s evolving rapidly (rather than Spaces, which wasn’t), Microsoft doesn’t have to try and compete in a field that’s not core to its success, and WordPress.com gets lots of new members.

(I cheerfully admit to a bias here, since Technologizer is on WordPress.com–using the VIP version of the service–and I wouldn’t swap it for Spaces or any other blogging platform on the planet.)

 
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  1. Mike Cerm Says:

    There's going to be some hassle for the switchers, but the long-term implications are great. WordPress is a great, open platform, and Microsoft's resources can be much better spent elsewhere, and/or working WITH WordPress, instead of against them.

    Maybe Microsoft can get to work on some widgets that tie into other Microsoft services (like Xbox Live, Office Live, etc). I also hope they continue development on Live Writer, which should be easier now with one less platform to target.