Microsoft migrating 30 million Live Spaces blogs to WordPress.com
Microsoft has just announced that it's teaming up with WordPress on Live Spaces blogs. According to Microsoft, Windows Live Spaces has 30 million active users -- so this is a significant boost for the WordPress.com platform.
Some of the highlights of the migration:
- Microsoft will redirect all Spaces URLs to WordPress.com, so users won't lose any visitors.
- Spaces is going to be shut down in March.
- Migration should be almost painless -- posts, media, comments, and links will all be moved automatically.
Personally, I think it's very nice to see Microsoft teaming up with another company like this. This is a fairly major move, and it does require some guts -- though it now allows Microsoft to focus on software for blogging (Live Writer) instead of worrying about maintaining a blog platform.