A interesting discussion has appeared over at Robert Scoble’s blog concerning Windows Live Spaces and facts/numbers regarding how many Spaces can actually be considered “blogs”. What started the discussion was Richard MacManus’s report of George Moore, General Manager for Windows Live, reporting to folks at TechEd in New Zealand how Windows Live Spaces is “now the largest blogging service on the planet”. Mike Torres, Lead Program Manager for Windows Live Spaces, replied to Scoble’s questions regarding the validity of George Moore’s remark…
And Torres revealed that about 50% of Spaces are private and “hidden from the world in almost every way.” Scoble responded that the 50% weren’t really blogs and now the blogerati are in full cry chasing the topic.
My own take is much simpler: what really matters are eyeballs and monetization. On eyeballs, earlier in the year, Microsoft was touting comScore numbers that showed 100 million unique Spaces visitors in April 2006 and made Spaces “the most widely used blogging service worldwide.” On monetization, Spaces isn’t a charity activity since Microsoft is running ads unless the Spaces bloggers ante up for a Hotmail Plus subscription, but information on profitability is in short supply. Presumably, it is intended to be merely a part of the entire Windows Live gestalt, but you can’t expect to lose money on every piece and make money on the whole.
The Onfolio crew have been busy since being acquired by Microsoft. Not only has the Onfolio news reader and research tool become part of the Windows Live Tool Bar which shipped last month, but now they have introduced a beta of Windows Live Writer, a WYSIWYG blog posting tool. It seems to be a worthwhile enhancement of the blog posting capability that had originally been in Onfolio. You can download a copy here.
This post was originally created with Windows Live Writer, but required some modification before publishing. That’s not a knock on Windows Live Writer as none of the various standalone blog authoring tools do everything I need.
LiveSide says Windows Live Spaces is Live! This is the upgraded MSN Spaces personal blogging service, now with the Windows Live brand. We mentioned some pertinent features back in June when it had been rumored to be coming in mid-July. Check it out for yourself at http://spaces.live.com/. I wonder what kind of marketing it will get?
PJ Hough describes Windows SharePoint Services and blogs, wikis, and rss:
Making the channel9 video was fun, and it was over before we knew it. Basically it was as casual and real-time as what you saw. Some of the comments about the video on channel 9 were to the effect that we spent too much time talking about blogs and wikis and not enough time talking about the SharePoint that everyone knows; lists, document libraries, meetings workspaces etc. I am the first one to agree that the video is not representative of the investments that we made, but I’m not quite sure what 20 minute video we could have made that did justice to the work we’ve done over the past couple of years! Before I abandon the topics of blogs and wikis and broaden the discussion to other WSS enhancements, it’s probably worth taking some time to explain *why* we’re adding blogs and wikis to WSS.
The “whys” and some of the “whats” by following the link.
David Gainer reports that Excel 12 will support more rows and columns:
Probably the most common question the Excel team gets from our customers is “when are you going to add more rows/more columns/more rows and more columns”. There are many different scenarios behind these requests. Some customers want to be able to analyze more data than Excel has rows, some customers want to track more daily information than Excel has columns, and other customers want to perform matrix math on large matrices of thousands of elements. There are plenty of other scenarios too. Well, the answer to the question is “in Excel 12.” Specifically, the Excel 12 grid will be 1,048,576 rows by 16,384 columns. That’s 1,500% more rows and 6,300% more columns than in Excel 2003, and for those of you that are curious, columns now end at XFD instead of IV.
He promises more feature updates in future posts.
Finally, a wealth of OneNote 12 features. Chris Pratley describes a number of new features from table creation to dragging and dropping pages to “Insta-search.” Also Chris ( “OneNote 12 – Working as a team with shared notebooks“) and Owen Braun (“A squadron of notebooks“) describe the new support for multiple OneNote 12 notebooks which can be shared among team members.
(Hat tip: Jensen Harris who rounds up a number of the Microsoft Office 12 bloggers.)