On September 27, 2010, Microsoft and WordPress.com announced a new partnership that involved moving all the Windows Live Spaces blog sites to the WordPress.com.
According to the announcement, this will move some 30 million active bloggers to WordPress.com.
Existing Windows Live Spaces customers will have an easy method to upgrade to WordPress.com, moving their posts, comments and integrated photos to their new WordPress.com blogs. They’re also setting up a method so that bloggers will be able to automatically send instant messages to their Windows Messenger friends when they make a new blog posting.
What does WordPress.com get out of this? 30 million new bloggers and one less competitor. Microsoft will even redirect the old Windows Live Spaces URL’s to the new blog pages. Not a bad deal for WordPress.com or the Live Spaces former users.
As you might guess, WordPress.com is owned and run by the company that started WordPress, the free, open-source blogging software.
WordPress, the software, is available for download from wordpress.org. That’s the same software that runs this Terry’s Computer Tips web site — and I use the third-party Genesis Theme Framework to provide a much nicer theme for my site.