Windows Live Spaces, now powered by Wordpress

Rather than continuing to push its currently limited blogging platform, Spaces, Microsoft has partnered with Automattic to provide Wordpress.com blogs to all Live Spaces users.

Craving expandability and better spam protection, the Live team chose Wordpress as its ideal platform partner due to Wordpress' impressive track record. Powering 8.5% of the web, almost 26 million sites, Wordpress and Wordpress.com serve over 250 million unique visitors every month. By developing this partnership, Microsoft has not only provided a solid service to their users but also has gained a large share of the personal blogging space.

Announced today, this partnership will migrate all Spaces users, including all of their preexisting content, over to Wordpress.com and will also give them a new URL under the Wordpress banner. Microsoft and Automattic are making the migration process a one-click affair and are also including URL redirects to preserve current visitor access. Although currently optional, the migration will be forced at a future date and Spaces, in its current form, will shut down.

Users signing into Spaces are greeted with this migration page

 

Utilizing Messenger Connect, Wordpress.com is changing as well. All blogs can be linked to a Live account, serving updates and media to the users' news feed for full Messenger integration. This will not affect current RSS feed sharing, yet adds another avenue for connectivity. 

If new Windows Live users, or those with out a blog, choose to create one, they will automatically be redirected to the cross-branded Wordpress.com/Windows Live site. A new blog will be created like normal, but just as migrated pages, will be linked to the user's Live account.

By choosing an established platform rather than attempting to develop their own, Microsoft has made a smart move, both financially and from the users' standpoint. Many Spaces users may be familiar with Wordpress already, and if they aren't, it provides an avenue to learn and expand into a very robust platform. Also, by integrating Wordpress.com's currently impressive userbase, Microsoft will gain significantly from the potential increase in advertising revenue. This looks to be a win for all parties involved.

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It would be really cool, from Miscrosoft, to provide a handful of themes for old Live Spaces users to use it in the wordpress themes mainstream.

They could of at least let us keep the live.com URL so we don't have to be limited to whatever subdomains aren't already taken on wordpress.com..

If there was a god (and there isn't) then MySpace's HTML code would make them cry but if they saw WordPress code we'd all be struck dead. It's absolutely atrocious. Also it's ironic since it uses PHP/MySQL whereas M$ wants people to use ASP.NET and Microsoft SQL.

It's an utter nightmare to maintain, you're lucky if you can get a plugin and a theme to work without something stupid happening, you can easily end up with five copies of jQuery running to achieve what you could have written in 3KB of JavaScript code versus half a MB of conflict.

The nightmare just goes on and on...

However if you keep it simple and stupid for users who are completely okay with only what they get by default then sure...though I'm pretty sure that's more of the Mac crowd.

JAB Creations said,
If there was a god (and there isn't) then MySpace's HTML code would make them cry but if they saw WordPress code we'd all be struck dead. It's absolutely atrocious. Also it's ironic since it uses PHP/MySQL whereas M$ wants people to use ASP.NET and Microsoft SQL.

It's an utter nightmare to maintain, you're lucky if you can get a plugin and a theme to work without something stupid happening, you can easily end up with five copies of jQuery running to achieve what you could have written in 3KB of JavaScript code versus half a MB of conflict.

The nightmare just goes on and on...

However if you keep it simple and stupid for users who are completely okay with only what they get by default then sure...though I'm pretty sure that's more of the Mac crowd.

If it is so problematic then how come Microsoft doesn't provide a free Wordpress alternative using ASP.NET/Microsoft SQL? The reason why Wordpress is so popular is because it is free and available to all and sundry to download and put on their server within a few minutes.

I would use Microsoft SQL/ASP.NET version of Wordpress (the software, not the service itself) but Microsoft has failed to provide it.

Sylar2010 said,
Wordpress 8.5% of the web what is someone smoking I seriosly hope they ment to say 8.5% of all blogs....
I would believe it... You don't think a crap load of websites have blogs, powered by WordPress 8.5% of the time

Sylar2010 said,
Wordpress 8.5% of the web what is someone smoking I seriosly hope they ment to say 8.5% of all blogs....

There is more to wordpress than just their wordpress.com website; it is also talking about the software they use which many websites embrace and then customise as to allow editing by normal employees than requiring a full time web development staff.

Great for all involved.
Gets rid of spaces that was badly lacking, drives users to Wordpress and lets users have a much better job for the tool. Great to see partnerships like this form.

Is wordpress powered by Azure?

Anyways, this is a good alternative to blogspot (and continual work on Spaces).

All it does is migrate everybody who used Live Spaces to Wordpress.com and works with the live ID. It's definitely not powered by Azure. Wordpress has been around for a very long time, I suggest you read up on it if you thought it was powered by Azure.

Electric Jolt said,
All it does is migrate everybody who used Live Spaces to Wordpress.com and works with the live ID. It's definitely not powered by Azure. Wordpress has been around for a very long time, I suggest you read up on it if you thought it was powered by Azure.

It does run on Azure, but that's pretty much the only MS tech on it.

sviola said,

It does run on Azure, but that's pretty much the only MS tech on it.

Well I was positive it could run on Azure. But last I checked (on iPhone can't check now), wordpress.com wasn't.

Electric Jolt said,

Well I was positive it could run on Azure. But last I checked (on iPhone can't check now), wordpress.com wasn't.

WordPress can run on a WIMP stack. Azure can support MySQL, and there's even a way to allow PHP to make calls to Azure worker processes. However, I don't know how Azure would come into play in such a configuration. WordPress, itself, would have to rewritten to leverage the Azure worker processes.

Nice, very good to see MS shutting down a service and then parenting with someone who can do it and transfer it over to them (vs shutting down / mass delete)

Good call. Live Spaces was so behind that they had to do something and this is probably the best thing they could have done for it.

Electric Jolt said,
+1

I'm lost, what's the +1 for? Is this Digg, do you agree or like what he said, does that contribute? I'm being serious, not sarcastic or rude. Just asking a question.

Live Spaces was behind Zkal, and I think that's why they are integrating with Facebook and such. If you can't beat them, join them. Or buy them. They should just buy them.

ccoltmanm said,

I'm lost, what's the +1 for? Is this Digg, do you agree or like what he said, does that contribute? I'm being serious, not sarcastic or rude. Just asking a question.

Live Spaces was behind Zkal, and I think that's why they are integrating with Facebook and such. If you can't beat them, join them. Or buy them. They should just buy them.

It means acceptance of what was said.

I think Windows Live Spaces was too hard to upgrade with new Windows Live waves similar to live.com. They just can't put all sorts of effort and teamwork into a service like that, and without that it would be behind compared to all the other Windows Live products/services.

But now with it gone, all I'm hoping for is it's server power to be put to use in other services/products from Microsoft like Windows Live Mesh.

ccoltmanm said,

I'm lost, what's the +1 for? Is this Digg, do you agree or like what he said, does that contribute? I'm being serious, not sarcastic or rude. Just asking a question.

Live Spaces was behind Zkal, and I think that's why they are integrating with Facebook and such. If you can't beat them, join them. Or buy them. They should just buy them.

It's a +1 of agreement and is common place on the net. it denotes that the follow up [poster agrees with the previous or quoted post and feels that they 'couldn't have said it better themselves"

Mike Chipshop said,

It's a +1 of agreement and is common place on the net. it denotes that the follow up [poster agrees with the previous or quoted post and feels that they 'couldn't have said it better themselves"

Doesn't it just waste space and push more meaningful posts below it down?

ccoltmanm said,

Doesn't it just waste space and push more meaningful posts below it down?

Yep my thoughts exactly....Mod should remove all the +1 posts or add a I Agree/Disagree to the bottom of each comment section.

I like reading everyone's opinions but some times you have to scroll a mile down past +1
+1
+1
+1
Just to read what people think about the topic.

Baked said,

Yep my thoughts exactly....Mod should remove all the +1 posts or add a I Agree/Disagree to the bottom of each comment section.
.

I kind of like the Engadget (and other sites) "like" button that just tallies up the 'likes'. Granted, a lot of them are for stupid things but I don't see nearly as many "+1" posts there.

ccoltmanm said,

Doesn't it just waste space and push more meaningful posts below it down?

Indeed. And, lets be honest, who really gives a flying fcuk whether anyone approves of another person's opinion or not, if they are not going to add anything to the conversation.

This site should auto delete "+1", "first!" and "LOL" comments.