Windows Live Spaces shutting down, migrating 30 million users to WordPress.com

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Toni Schneider, CEO of Automattic, and Dharmesh Mehta, Director of Product Management for Windows Live, announced at TechCrunch Disrupt this afternoon that Microsoft will be migrating Windows Live Spaces users to WordPress.com.

The transition will take place over a six-month period. Existing Spaces users will have 4 options after logging in. They can choose to migrate immediately to WordPress.com, migrate later, download blog content or delete their Space. Automattic has simplified the migration process by releasing a brand new Windows Live Spaces importer that will move existing posts, comments and photos to WordPress.com. New spaces users will be directed to create a WordPress.com blog.

Automattic has also added support for Messenger Connect as a Publicize option. After connecting a Messenger account with WordPress.com, new blog post notifications will begin appearing in the feeds of Messenger friends.

It was also announced that WordPress.com will be the default blogging solution for Windows Live Writer beginning with the release of Windows Live Essentials 2011 later this year.

Matt Mullenweg, founding developer of WordPress, responded to the announcement in a post on his personal blog:

“I’ve been impressed with Microsoft’s regard for their users in providing a solid upgrade and migration path with a really smooth experience which I think is in strong contrast to Yahoo’s 360 or AOL’s Journals. Given that this effectively doubles WordPress’s user base, there is a lot of work to be done still, but I’m excited by the challenge.”

6 thoughts on “Windows Live Spaces shutting down, migrating 30 million users to WordPress.com

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  2. I did not like wordpress at all, in fact it was totally useless for my purpose of having a private blog to share with firends and family. In spaces they could all log in with Live ID, but in wordpress they have to have a wordpress account. So I decided to move to blogger/blogspot instead, and I made a migration tool to transfer my old blog. You can read all about it and download the tool/source code here: st185cs.wordpress.com

    • Kenneth, Is Blogger/Blogspot the same as Blogger with Picaso? I don’t care for wordpress either, so I was thinking about changing.

  3. Actullay do they have any right to do this? just because they have hosted it for free of charge. People must talk since it is for public use.
    Their right to be lemited.

    • Of course they do. Aside from the legal mumbo jumbo that every user of the Microsoft service agreed to, they did not destroy or withold any of the content put into the service. You can download the blogs content, migrate it over yourself, or go with one of the most popular blogging platforms on the web in a quick transition. I dislike Microsoft strongly, but this was a pretty decent move.

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