Are we seeing a more open Microsoft? Are Microsoft admitting they cannot compete in the blogesphere? You decide. But it appears Windows Live Spaces users will be powered by Linux from now on!

Yes, you read the title right and thanks to a link by Dr Schestowitz of Techrights bringing my attention to it.

I’ve always used the WordPress blogging service and on the whole am very happy with the experience.  When looking at Windows Live Spaces, I could not help but notice that many blog’s were hit by a plethora of spam, looked the same with the same style, same Microsoftesque features.  There was no uniqueness that I could see.

WordPress & Akismet on the other hand does a sterling job of blocking much of the spam that comes through and also offers users a wealth of styles and features for bloggers to give each user a net individuality.

Now it appears Microsoft is admitting defeat in the area of blogging and migrating its Spaces users over to WordPress.  Here’s what is being reported:

Microsoft says that it decided that instead of building its own competing blogging service, it should go with WordPress’s fleshed-out feature set, which has 26 million users and powers over 8.5% of sites across the web. Users will be migrated through a process that preserves all of their content, and will automatically redirect visitors who head to their existing Microsoft Live Spaces sites.

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2010/09/27/windows-live-blogging/

That certainly sounds like admitting defeat to me.  Can we now count Windows Live Spaces as another Microsoft product/service binned?

So the “service” that came about in 2006 has lasted about 4 years?  That’s certainly better than how the Kin performed and probably far better than Windows Mobile 7 will, but more the interesting question here is;  Are all the shelved products of late a sign that Microsoft can no longer sustain itself in the longer term?  I wonder if this is part of a larger downsizing plan for “streamlining” Microsoft?

At least Microsoft have conceded in this area, its a far more dignified defeat than dragging out a product, eh Microsoft?  I think for the first time Microsoft is admitting that it just can’t compete.

And as Dr Roy Schestowitz points out on Twitter (in respect of WordPress running off Linux)

So… WIndows live is now… #Linux powered

Which brings up one final point, after Bing tries to pimp itself on Android and now Live Spaces users are being powered by Linux, I wonder – Can we have an apology from Steve Ballmer for his “cancer” comment?

I wouldn’t think so.

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com

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