Windows Live Spaces Turns to WordPress for Blogging
Microsoft and WordPress announced today that WordPress.com is becoming the default blogging platform for Windows Live Spaces. The two companies have worked together on a migration service for Spaces bloggers to easily bring all their posts, comments, and photos to WordPress.com.
"They have a host of impressive capabilities – from a scalable platform and leading spam protection, to great personalization and customization," writes Dharmesh Mehta, Director, Windows Live Product Management. "WordPress powers over 8.5% of the web, is used on over 26 million sites, and WordPress.com is seen by over 250 million people every month. Not only that, Automattic is a company filled with great people focused on improving blogging experiences. So 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."
He says there are three bing things they want to deliver with this move:
– Giving existing Windows Live Spaces customers an easy upgrade of their blogging experience to WordPress.com
– Letting anyone connect their WordPress.com blog to Messenger so their Messenger friends are updated when they publish a new post on WordPress.com
– Allowing Windows Live customers to easily create new blogs on WordPress.com
The transition will take place over a six-month period beginning today. Windows Live Spaces users will have the option to move their blogs to WordPress.com. There is a new importer for Windows Live Spaces to WordPress.com. New Windows Live users will also be offered a WordPress.com blog when they choose to create a new blog.