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Microsoft To Shut Down Windows Live Spaces

Windows Live Spaces, the Microsoft’s Blogging platform will be shutdown early next year (16th March to be precise) and is offering to migrate your current blog to Wordpress.com.

The email I received announcing this is quite confusing. The email subject says ‘Changes coming to your Windows Live Space’. I expected that it may have been upgraded with more features.  But they are simply shutting it down, and they appear to have trouble saying it.

We are very excited to announce our collaboration with a premier and innovative blogging service,WordPress.com, to offer you an upgraded blogging experience. We'll help you migrate your current Windows Live Spaces blog to WordPress.com or you can download it to save for later. On March 16th, 2011 your current space will close.

With the new release of Windows Live services, we've made a series of changes and improvements across our products. We chose to partner to provide our users with a fantastic blogging solution. However, we realize the changes will have an impact on you - this email aims to address any concerns you may have.

The team should have just said it in bold that the service will be shutdown. How can it be an afterthought that they somehow realized by chance that there is an impact of my blog on Live Spaces?

Anyways, I haven’t been using Live Spaces for years, as I moved to self hosted Wordpress.

If you try to sign up for a Live space, you will see this ‘So long Spaces!’ message. Little less round about jargon at least.

So long Spaces!

If you are looking for Spaces, this is where it used to live. If you came here looking to start a blog, you should go to our blogging partner WordPress.com to get started. You can even connect your blog back to Windows Live Messenger to share your posts with your Messenger friends.

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