Windows Live Spaces, the next big social network?

The sleeping giant is finally awaking on the front of Social Networking. The one area where Microsoft has failed to get into was Social Networking. Microsoft has been building Windows Live profiles over the past years, with some major changes to its design and functionality. The giant already has many features other social networks have, but will finally put all the pieces together.

Microsoft wishes to get into the Social Networking game along beside giants like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and many others people use to stay in touch with family, friends and others they wish to talk to. These sites allow users to share videos, photos, feeds, and chat with each other to stay in touch without ever being online at the same time. The introduction into the game couldn't come at a better time, when social networking is at its prime.

Microsoft definitely has the advantage in the social network game, with its very successful Windows Live Messenger, which already integrates profiles of friends. Where many other sites like MySpace have tried with its Messenger Client, Microsoft already has a vast majority of the user base already. Microsoft could include many of its rich features like MSN Music, its search engine, and Messenger client, which could help over take MySpace and Facebook within a few years. Microsoft has the money ready to develop the network and help promote it, where other sites failed to do at the beginning.

The big question to answer is, is everyone ready for yet another social network? Possibly. Microsoft does own one of the largest email clients, with Windows Live Hotmail, Its search engine, Windows Live, with a large assortments of features such as, Windows Live Messenger. Microsoft could rapidly grow into the most popular social networking site in under a year, by reaching out to users who have yet to sign up to these social networking sites.

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I wouldn't be surprised to see Microsoft give it a shot, but it'd have to be planned out to the tee.

I sort of already like the Spaces, or whatever they're called right now, but you as a user are still quite isolated from others beyond your own contact list I think

I'va had a Live Space for donkeys, just never really used it. I might start using it more as I'd be an early adopter to the next big social network scene. I've always got in on the action on Bebo, Facebook months too late.

ya...

Welcome "Windows Live Profile", Goodbye to Facebook.

Windows Live Profile comes with Windows Live SkyDrive (with 25GB Spaces) so now i don't have any binding to share. Facebook gives me chance to share Photos & Videos only. But Now I can share easily My Brother's Home Made software with my friends & networks. My own music, documents everything. So it's all that I need!

Thanks Microsoft & Windows Live Team.

I've read the articles and seen Windows Live Wave 3 screenshots at http://www.winsupersite.com and I can tell you that the Windows Live Groups solved a whole LOT of needed enhancements in Yahoo Group, because they made the sharing between Live Groups and Live Photos seamless (same goes with Live Events, MSN Videos, or Profiles). Live Sync (previously SkyDrive) offers 25GB for files VS Yahoo Groups' 100 MB for BOTH photos and files.

I also like the fact that they are making all of them seamlessly integrated unlike Yahoo, whose Address Books, Yahoo Messenger, and Groups seem to separate. And I think Live Photos will let you manage Flickr photos.

Windows Live has the late player advantage and is learning a lot, and this reminds me of how Microsoft was late in the game for the console business wars, yet they studied and researched all aspects that will help them be successful, because when they do things from scratch, they have the user in mind, #1, identify what other services lack and solve them.

thenonhacker said,
I've read the articles and seen Windows Live Wave 3 screenshots at http://www.winsupersite.com and I can tell you that the Windows Live Groups solved a whole LOT of needed enhancements in Yahoo Group, because they made the sharing between Live Groups and Live Photos seamless (same goes with Live Events, MSN Videos, or Profiles). Live Sync (previously SkyDrive) offers 25GB for files VS Yahoo Groups' 100 MB for BOTH photos and files.

I also like the fact that they are making all of them seamlessly integrated unlike Yahoo, whose Address Books, Yahoo Messenger, and Groups seem to separate. And I think Live Photos will let you manage Flickr photos.

Windows Live has the late player advantage and is learning a lot, and this reminds me of how Microsoft was late in the game for the console business wars, yet they studied and researched all aspects that will help them be successful, because when they do things from scratch, they have the user in mind, #1, identify what other services lack and solve them.


Great call, as the Zune already beginning to triump the ipod in so many ways. They started off really bad, but the 3.0 software has really done it, and they are only going to improve on it. Same with the xbox, not a lot of ppl had the xbox 2, but man the 360 everyone has.

Considering the incompetent mess that Facebook has become and MySpace only appeals to attention-starved teenagers, Microsoft might able to fill a void in the world of social networking.

How come they don't offer CSS options? People make profiles to show off their style and interests. I've been using one called hi5 for a while and it's pretty good. The problem why WLS can't be a good social networking spot is that you are limited to your contacts list and the only outside connection is "recently updated spaces" and "newest spaces"

You know what, I'm glad that they will not offer HTML/CSS options. I've been using Friendster and Multiply, and I dread browsing them. Why?

- Pages with terrible color combinations and the background images hurt my eyes

- Autoplaying background music is hell'a annoying, that I got this habit of muting my laptop before viewing other profiles


That's why I'm hoping Facebook and WLS will not offer user-coded themes. They should just provide preset color schemes that maintain the profile layouts consistent. And No Autoplaying music please!

There is still some major developing to come from this. It will be interesting to see how much things change, and how fast we can expect to see added features within Windows Live Profiles - re-branded I guess

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