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MSN Spaces Closing, becomes WP.com

As just announced on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt, Windows Live (formerly MSN) Spaces is shutting down and migrating their 30m+ users to WordPress.com. Four years ago I was fairly worried as every internet giant (Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo, Google) had a hosted blogging service. Now only Blogger remains, and is firmly in our sights. I’ve been impressed with Microsoft’s regard for their users in providing a solid upgrade and migration path with a really smooth experience, which I think is in strong contrast to Yahoo’s 360 or AOL’s Journals. Given that this effectively doubles WordPress’s user base, there is a lot of work to be done still, but I’m excited by the challenge. 🙂 See also: official Windows Live post, official WP.com post, and 30+ other articles covering this on Techmeme.

99 replies on “MSN Spaces Closing, becomes WP.com”

This is such a great win for the WordPress community! Also I’m really proud of Microsoft looking out for their users by realizing that it made more sense to migrate them to a stable, feature rich platform rather than just building another cheap imitation.

Congrats!

Like I said in the post, I think it speaks to their respect for their users. It was probably a good business decision to discontinue investment in the service, so they looked for the best alternative to their users. They know that on WordPress.com there’ll be a team living and breathing making blogging easier every day.

Wow, that’s a huge win for WordPress in particular (congrats!) and for the open source community as a whole!

If MS is so ready to embrace an open source solutions, hopefully they are just as ready to contribute to core!

Hey, a boy can dream, right?!? 🙂

Even if half of those users are still active (my guestimate is 1/4), this puts you within a stone’s throw away from Blogger.

It also saves a thriving community from going under due to neglect (as Microsoft is better at search than social networks and blogs).

Congrats to the whole WP team, and if any Windows Live users need help customizing their blogs, WordPress has an army of volunteers willing to help you out! 🙂

AWESOME! I was going to say that I wish the same thing would happen with MovableType, but without MT, the world would never know what they are missing with WordPress. Kinda like having Honey Nut Cheerios without knowing how much regular Cheerios suck.

I’ve seen a number of these hosted blog sites go under in the last two years. I think it’s pretty clear that Twitter has replaced a number of end-users’ needs to blog.

On one hand, the people who write useless content (Aston Kutcher) that no one really wants to hear are now limited to doing it 140 characters at a time. On the other hand, is this degrading the overall quality of blogger and user-generated content.

I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not. The jury is still out IMO.

All that said, major props to MS for making this transition easy for their users and not leaving them high & dry.

Congrats Matt! Spaces had gotten convoluted to the point of almost being unusable. It’s also intersting to see Microsoft making some smart choices in partnering with Seesmic on the SM front and now WordPress on the publishing front.

Of course the billion dollar question is whether this is a prelude to Microsoft buying WordPress? 😉

Wow, that’s amazing.

I met some of the guys from the Microsoft team while at WordCamp in SF and thought it was really cool that they were embracing WordPress. Who knew they’d make a move like this. Sounds like it’s been in the works for a while.

That is quite an accomplishment dude! I think this calls for another party at your place!

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Congrats, the windows live social platform was annoying as it was one to many in the every growing social area… the msn messenger i think they do well but never used the social blogging part of it they created… what about myspace / wordpress??

So with this deal, what clout does that give MSN in dictating the WP roadmap? Quite a lot I would say if they’re doubling the WP user base. If there are no financials in this deal then who gets what? MSN give WP 30m users, you give them a platform on which they can still offer blogging to their users without the tech overhead but the still the option to moneitse the traffic. But MSN will want blogs locked in with all its product verticals – so who makes that happen? Them or you – and in either case if WP can’t do what they want, what obligations are you under to deliver?

Hi Matt,
Xmarks the popular browser sync service is going to shut down.
You might have heard of it.
Any ideas to adopt and give a new home at automattic ?

Details: http://blog.xmarks.com/

This move would surely benefit Automattic and we as users of the addon. And servers would not be a problem for you people.

I’m just an Xmarks user and a wordpress lover.

hopw you find time to reply to my request.

Dr.T.Srinivas
India

Congratulations! Nice to have the great work of WordPress and Automattic so visibly recognized and promoted.

The emergence of the commercial product SquareSpace is transforming the market by making it so easy for non-coders to make beautiful websites. The commercial theme design community for WordPress.org has responded with theme frameworks like Headway that allow users to customize websites easily and intuitively. Do you think that Microsoft is invested in helping WordPress.com themes stay abreast of the market? If so this could be transformative.

Code is poetry. For many of us, though, code is poetry in a language we don’t understand. What I love about this emerging work is that coders working behind the scenes are writing new code — a rich, visual, familiar, and intuitive language that users already know how to speak fluently — like drag-and-drop. I would love to see this partnership put such a powerful language in the hands of more users. I can’t wait to see the beauty they create.

I don’t know why so many people are so happy about this, but as a former MSN space user, I hated this change, I quit using them both after I tried WordPress. The big mistake, I hated to let all my friends know I have moved to WordPress.

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