Microsoft ditches Windows Live blogs for WordPress
Microsoft will shut down its own blogging platform in favour of WordPress.
The Windows Live Spaces platform hasn’t been updated as part of the Live refresh, which has seen tweaks to Hotmail and other web services, and now users know why.
“Rather than having Windows Live invest in a competing blogging service, we decided the best thing we could do for our customers was to give them a great blogging solution through WordPress.com,” said Dharmesh Mehta, director of Windows Live product management, in a post on the Windows blog.
The 30 million “active” users of the Windows platform will be able to move their blog posts, comments and images over to WordPress, with any Spaces URLs automatically redirecting to their new blog.
However, some complained that the user names they had on Windows Spaces weren’t available on WordPress because others had already taken them or they’d reserved it themselves previously.
“My user name URL is not available on WordPress.com,” noted one user commenting on the blog post. “I had created a blog on wordpress.com eons ago and made the mistake of deleting it. This means my URL is not available – not to me, not to anyone else – it is gone forever.”
Those unhappy with WordPress can download their blog to move it elsewhere, too.