Windows Live Expo (formerly codenamed “Fremont”) is Microsoft’s planned “social” classified ad service and it has been in internal beta testing for Microsoft employees only in preparation for a launch some time in the first half of this year. Now, the Windows Live Expo blog reports that the beta has been expanded:
We’re very pleased to announce that today we are expanding our beta to include certain email groups from the Seattle area. In particular, we have opened up the service to the following organizations (besides Microsoft employees):
- University of Washington (u.washington.edu)
- Boeing (boeing.com)
- Washington Mutual (wamu.net)
- Safeco (safeco.com)
- Microsoft alumni (msanet.org & msalumni.com)
It’s hard to see how the social aspect will survive scale-up, but there’s nothing shabby about classified ad revenues regardless.
Update: The beta has been pared down to just add the Microsoft alumni and the University of Washington.