Regular readers may recall that a couple of months ago I reported on the “agreement” between WordPress and Microsoft which saw the migration of Microsoft Live Spaces customers (and their blogs) to WordPress. I said at the time that for me it was another example of Microsoft trying to compete and then ending in failure. I said I thought the deal though was better for Microsoft and was a lucky escape since if they merely killed the product, they would have many unhappy bloggers on their hands. It’s lucky for Microsoft that WordPress was charitable enough to allow an easy migration path.
Of course WordPress gets new users out of this agreement and the blogging service which I think is the definitive choice for blogging on the net will expand with the mass migration of the refugees from Microsoft.
Today Ryan Markel of WordPress released a statement with a further update:
….we’ve seen an explosion in the number of sites joining WordPress.com every day. With the addition of Windows Live Spaces sites moving to WordPress.com, Windows Live users who are new to blogging coming here, and word-of-mouth from our current and very passionate users, the number of people joining WordPress.com has doubled to over 900,000 per month (up from around 400,000 per month before the migration). We’re thrilled to see this explosion and to be introducing so many people to publishing with WordPress….
So thanks to the generosity of Linux powered WordPress, Microsoft refugees are given their new home (and an easy step by step migration for their blogs)
At the time of this announcement it was reported by TechCrunch:
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.
And I think Linux is still waiting for an apology from Steve Ballmer. I said at the time:
now Live Spaces users are being powered by Linux, I wonder – Can we have an apology from Steve Ballmer for his “cancer” comment?
Since Linux seems to have saved his neck (in respect of keeping his customers appeased) don’t you think Linux deserves one? He better do it quick though, in my opinion he will be gone come mid 2011.
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