Microsoft announced today that they are ditching Windows Live Spaces, their entry in the social blogging arena, and have arranged to migrate the current Live Spaces blogs to WordPress.com.
Upgrading a Windows Live Spaces blog to WordPress.com
There are 30 million people who are actively using Windows Live Spaces and have been eagerly awaiting the next set of new blogging features. For these customers, Windows Live and WordPress.com have worked together to build a simple way to move your blog posts, comments, and integrated photos right over to WordPress.com and start taking advantage of all their new features. And we’ll also redirect all your old Spaces URLs to your new blog, so you don’t lose any visitors along the way.
Windows Live Spaces users have 6 months to make the switch. Users of Microsoft’s very capable Windows Live Writer blogging client (which supports many blog types besides Live Spaces including WordPress) don’t have to worry (yet) because Microsoft says there is no plan to phase it out and it will remain part of the Windows Live family, but one can’t help but wonder which other of the multitudinous remaining family members will be shown the door.
The problem with the protracted beta availability of so many of Microsoft’s Windows Live applications is that it is fairly anticlimactic when they do come out of beta as they did today:
Today Microsoft Corp. launched the next generation of Windows Live, providing consumers worldwide with a compelling new set of tools and services that help make it easier than ever to communicate and share with the important people in their lives, from anywhere they have Web access across multiple devices. And, with built- in security features, consumers can use Windows Live services with confidence.
A free and fun upgrade for the online and Windows experiences, the new Windows Live was launched today at http://www.windowslive.com and at events in New York and Los Angeles.
If you are still awake, here’s the rundown:
It’s rather an anticlimax since John Markoff has already told us all about it, but today Microsoft introduced spiffed up versions of some of their Windows Live software and a combined installer that will install them all as a suite:
Last night, Microsoft rolled out 3 new Windows Live betas as Nick White reports at Microsoft’s Windows Vista Team Blog:
Today our Windows Live team is releasing new betas for several Windows Live applications: Windows Live Messenger 8.5, Windows Live Mail and Windows Live Writer. All three are now available for download.
White provides many more details on what is new, but in a nutshell: