Windows Live Spaces launches

MSN Spaces is now Windows Live Spaces, offering blogging and more for mainstream Windows Live users. I keep a family blog over at WL Spaces, and perhaps now will do more with it. I was surprised to hear that WL Spaces is now the largest blogging service on the web with over 100 million unique monthly visitors, beating Google’s Blogger.

Here’s an interesting video at that explains some of the new features. The “mistress” analogy is the most non-Microsoft I’ve heard in a while. Something tells me this guy is going to get a call from PR to come up with another analogy… πŸ˜‰

Top New features:

  • New look and feel
  • Support for Windows Live Gadgets
  • Friends Module (heavily customizable – look out MySpace!)
  • RSS feed embedding (include content from your favorite sites on your WL Space)

Michael Arrington at TechCrunch has more here as well. Personally I’d like to see more in the statistics features, more music and video integration (including simple hosting of videos on 3rd parties ala YouTube). How about links to Urge music with freeplays? Perhaps we’ll see more in the future.

Update0: Added RSS feature to list – thanks Erik!

3 responses to “Windows Live Spaces launches”

  1. PR was actually OK with it believe it or not. My wife on the other hand… πŸ˜‰

  2. BTW your feature requests are the same as I’d like to have. My guess is that people will have a YouTube gadget ready in a week on Windows Live Gallery. One of the great things about supporting 3rd party development.

  3. I’d also like to see that stuff in there. But you forgot one of the best new features. RSS feeds! Now I have the last 5 posts on my developer blog show up on my WL Space. Love it!