Microsoft dumps its blogging platform

Microsoft dumps its blogging platform – The Inquirer.

SOFTWARE GIANT Microsoft has given up on eating its own dogfood, at least when it comes to blogging.

The Vole has said that it will get rid of its Windows Life Spaces and replace them with blogs built using WordPress instead.

According to the company’s blog, the default blogging platform for Window Live Space users will be WordPress.

Dharmesh Mehta, director of Windows Live product management said that WordPress has a host of impressive capabilities ranging from a scalable platform and leading spam protection to great personalisation and customisation.

It is used on 8.5 per cent of the web and 26 million sites, he said. He added that it seemed pointless having Windows Live invest in a competing blogging service, when they might as well have great blogging software through WordPress.com.

If only the Vole took the same attitude to Open Office.

The plan is to that Windows Live Spaces users will have the option to move their blogs to WordPress.com. Microsoft and WordPress have created an importer to copy Windows Live Spaces blogs to WordPress.com.

New Windows Live users will also be offered a WordPress.com blog

So, Not sure how to think of this. I mean, I suppose it makes sense. WordPress is a well established platform. No reason to reinvent the wheel. However, why WordPress.com instead of WordPress.org?

I mean, software platform is one thing. In the online space, user-base is an asset. There is something to be said about people using your blogging services. Sending them off to WordPress.com doesn’t make sense. Unless they are looking at a deep partnership with WordPress.com. I.e. they send their Windows Live Spaces users to WordPress.com, and in return they get access to all WordPress.com users as they if are already part of the network. If that’s the deal they strike, then I’d say kodus.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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