As you may have read, Windows Live Spaces will be closed. Its sad to see Spaces close but partnering with WordPress is the best way to go. Spaces was originally a Social Network and then moved on to become a blogging platform. With so many Social Network to choose from, people want easier ways to keep in touch with people that matter most to them across devices. And the Messenger is delivering this.
Microsoft could therefore either build or partner to upgrade user experience to stronger vertical service. So they have partnered with premier blogging provider WordPress.com thus providing functionality users have been asking for.
“WordPress has a host of impressive capabilities – from a scalable platform and leading spam protection, to great personalization and customization. WordPress powers over 8.5% of the web, is used on over 26 million sites, and WordPress.com is seen by over 250 million people every month. Not only that, Automattic is a company filled with great people focused on improving blogging experiences. So rather than having Windows Live invest in a competing blogging service, we decided the best thing we could do for our customers was to give them a great blogging solution through WordPress.com.”
What does the Upgrade or Migration mean?
- It’ll be automated content migration with easy account set up .
- Visitors will continue to have great experience as blog articles will be redirected.
- Support will be provided via wordpress.com and WLSC .
- Spaces Users can take with them/download blogs , inserted photos, videos. Comments without spam to WordPress.com. Option for Comments as is download.
- Gadgets, theme/skins can not be moved to WordPress. com. Similarly draft posts, guestbook, notes, lists won’t be available to move and are recommended to be manually backed up if required.
- If a user already has WordPress blog , he can merge a spaces blog with a current WordPress blog .
- After the migration, you can connect your WordPress blog to your social feed on live. Also, your blog profile link works with WordPress.
Here are some screenshots of the migration process , once you sign-in to your Spaces: