The director of Windows Live product management Dharmesh Mehta revealed the partner announcement with Automattic (the parent company behind WordPress.com) 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 WordPress.com,” he said.
There are 30 million people who are actively using Windows Live Spaces and that now will have to transfer over to WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com through Messenger Connect, and provide your visitor with the capability to have new posts and updates on your WordPress.com blog automatically sent to your Messenger friends’ feeds.