Microsoft surrenders to WordPress

September 29, 2010

Microsoft is closing down its fledgling Live Spaces blog network and moving all of its users to

The director of Windows Live product management Dharmesh Mehta revealed the partner announcement with Automattic (the parent company behind on Monday.

Mehta said Microsoft had decided it was best to partner rather than try to build a competing blogging service to WordPress’ scalable platform, spam protection, personalization, and customization capabilities.

“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,” he said.

There are 30 million people who are actively using Windows Live Spaces and that now will have to transfer over to together with their blog posts, comments, and integrated photos. All old Spaces URLs will be redirected to the new blogs.

If you are a Live Spaces user and want to transfer your blog, just visit your existing Space and follow the step-by-step on-screen instructions.

Additionally, you can also connect through Messenger Connect, and provide your visitor with the capability to have new posts and updates on your blog automatically sent to your Messenger friends’ feeds.

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