The excited buzz appeared on the Windows Live Space blog and the WordPress.com blog about how “30 million” blogs which were to be shifted in a period of 6 months using the exporter newly created for the data transfer. However that number will be much smaller as Internal Microsoft emails show that most ‘Live Spaces’ blogs were dead.
The news was announced at TechCrunch Disrupt by Dharmesh Mehta, Director of Product Management for Windows Live and Toni Schneider, CEO of Automattic.
WordPress.com and Windows Live partnering together and providing an upgrade for 30 million Windows Live Spaces customers
As we looked at how we brought Windows Live and WordPress.com together, there were three big things we wanted to deliver:
- Giving existing Windows Live Spaces customers an easy upgrade of their blogging experience to WordPress.com
- Letting anyone connect their WordPress.com blog to Messenger so their Messenger friends are updated when they publish a new post on WordPress.com
- Allowing Windows Live customers to easily create new blogs on WordPress.com
A sticky post was placed at the head of the WordPress.com support forum in anticipation of questions concerning the upgrade, differences in features, and where to find resources, and help and another sticky post has been added.
Threads on the wordpress.com support forum:
- How can I get out of WordPress and return to Live Spaces?
- Reverting back to Windows Live Spaces
- After I upgrade from windows live space to wordpress.com, I lost all my blogs
- Just moved from Spaces
- just migrated from windows live space. where are my photos??
- Just Migrated – AND ALL MY POSTS ARE GONE!
Threads on the wildowslivespaces forum:
- Why is Spaces moving to WordPress?
- Please Read: FAQs / things you should know before moving your Space to WordPress
Is WordPress.com getting all those Windows Live Space users really that much of a coup? Microsoft gives up on Live Spaces: blogs to be shifted to WordPress.com. The software giant appears to have decided that hosting blogs isn’t the way to get ahead – and is passing its 7m users (and ad revenues) to the blogging company.
- Help and Tips for Windows Live Spaces Bloggers: Modules, Albums, Widgets, and Lists (lorelle.wordpress.com)
- Lorelle on WP: Welcome Windows Live Spaces Bloggers to WordPress.com (lorelle.wordpress.com)