Microsoft has chosen to migrate their existing Live Spaces blogging functionality to WordPress.com to provide more features for their customers. We feel that this confirms our commitment to support WordPress in the business environment.
From a Windows Live Newsletter we received 10/23:
Dear Windows Live Spaces customer,
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.
Why is this happening?
Our customers have asked for richer blog functionality including an integrated statistics system, continuous saving of drafts and improvements to spam-fighting technology. To deliver the best possible blogging experience, we are collaborating with WordPress.com to provide their free service to you. For those of you that already have a blog on Windows Live Spaces, we will make it easier for you to get started while helping you move what you’ve already built up on Spaces.
If you are on Microsoft Live Spaces, simply follow the directions in the email you also should have received. If you are not on Live Spaces but would like to begin benefiting from the functionality of WordPress then you can sign up on WordPress.com.