Windows Live is dumping support for MySpace

MySpace has become a bit of a ghost town in the social networking world after most of its users left and joined Facebook. Now it appears that MySpace users who like to connect to their friends via Windows Live won't be able to do so very soon.

One of our Neowin readers, GreatMarkO, has written a post in our forum, stating that he has received an email from Microsoft about their future support of MySpace and Windows Live. In short, there won't be any such support for much longer:

Neowin has contacted Microsoft to confirm this story.

We should point out that the email does say "no longer automatically import", which could imply that the support may still exist but the statement is ambiguous. 

MySpace has struggled in the last few years to find an identity ever since it lost a majority of its audience to Facebook. In the summer of 2011, News Corporation sold off MySpace to Specific Media for just $35 million. Its new owners, which include Justin Timberlake, are now trying to turn the service in to a social music hub in a fight to keep the service relevant in today's market. 

Thanks for the tip GreatMarkO

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Andrew Lyle said,
Do they even support twitter yet?

I think in a limited fashion... I don't see it on the site, but it works just fine on Windows Phone. When I make a tweet from my HTC Arrive, it says 'posted from WindowsLive', so I'm assuming it has limited functionality, but it does exist.

neufuse said,
I didn't even know it had myspace integration, but I guess this was in the writer program which I never even install

No, MySpace integration is primarily within the Messenger and Hotmail components

The way Live's integration features work, it is the 'provider' that uses the Live APIs to integrate into the service and share information to Live.

Since Live's API didn't change, then either MySpace's APIs did or MySpace is removing the functionality, or MySpace has made a change that is in violation of the privacy or security terms.

Any social site can use the Live integration features if they create the connector that provides the information and adhere to the basic terms of privacy and security. There are over 50 social site connectors for Live that has grown in the past year, even not traditional 'social' sites like Hulu have a connector to Live.

ive never used windows live but i used to use myspace... like in 2007! i feel facebook with all the retarded changes and timeline will follow suit in the future.

It's funny that I remember "back in the day" 5-6 years ago when Myspace was doing really well and now... it's just a shell of its former self.

I wonder if Facebook will go down that path? probably not with all the integration they have into everything such as windows phones, leaving a comment/liking posts/news articles etc.

Ently said,
It's funny that I remember "back in the day" 5-6 years ago when Myspace was doing really well and now... it's just a shell of its former self.

I wonder if Facebook will go down that path? probably not with all the integration they have into everything such as windows phones, leaving a comment/liking posts/news articles etc.


No reason a new competetor won't come along and one day MS dumps FB, like they dumped Myspace.

greenwizard88 said,

No reason a new competetor won't come along and one day MS dumps FB, like they dumped Myspace.

And you assume it was Microsoft dumping them, why? You realize that Google themselves can create a connection tool for Live if they adhere to the security and privacy terms and create a connector. (Which would be hard for Google since they have no privacy and limited security.)

Microsoft is taking this on the chin, but everyone is incorrect in assuming that the resulting action was a 'choice' by Microsoft.

ACTIONpack said,
I thought Windows Live was dead. ;-P

Ya it is SO DEAD, that is the reason it is the core online hub of Windows 8, for files & settings, you know, the whole universal roaming profile concept that Windows 8 is built around.

So ya, only like 1 or 2 Billion people use and will be using it.

Let me guess, math isn't something you were ever good at?

Shiranui said,
Geocities revisited

Haha that's exactly what I thought when I first heard of MySpace a few months after it launched, a geocities for peeps that didn't know html.

Rudie32 said,
Vintage Social Networking. You know its coming soon!

Nice term indeed! And it should make a comeback. M bored of the usual stuff!

Rudie32 said,
Vintage Social Networking. You know its coming soon!

Nice term indeed! And it should make a comeback. M bored of the usual stuff!