Looking at the Blogging needs and what different companies were providing Windows Live announced an exciting partnership with WordPress.com. So a migration path for 30 million Windows Live Spaces users will be provided to upgrade their Spaces blog to WordPress.com.
WordPress.com was chosen as a partner because of its 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. So rather than having Windows Live invest in a competing blogging service, it was decided the best thing to do for customers was to give them a great blogging solution through WordPress.com.
As part of this project, WordPress has added support for Messenger Connect as a Publicize option, which enables you to automatically share updates to your WordPress.com blog with your friends who use Windows Live Messenger.
This migration of Spaces users to WordPress.com will be an easy upgrade path via Automated content migration with easy account set up .WordPress has created a brand new importer for Windows Live Spaces to WordPress.com.
One also will be provided with the download option to download the Spaces content in human readable, well structured HTML before upgrading to WordPress.com.
If a user already has WordPress blog , he can merge a spaces blog with a current wordpress blog .
Visitors will continue to have great experience as blog articles will be redirected.
Spaces Users can take with them/download blogs, inserted photos, videos. Comments without spam to WordPress.com. Option for Comments as is can be downloaded.
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.
With the announcement, the option will be available to users and they can still continue to use Spaces. You have time until March 2011 but you should upgrade to WordPress.com today!
- For now, you can still make posts to your Spaces blog, and you can decide when to upgrade.
- Starting January 2011, if you haven't upgraded yet, Spaces will be read-only and you will no longer be able to add content to your Spaces blog, but your existing content will still be visible. The same options to upgrade, download or delete your blog will still be available.
- March 2011 will be the last chance for you to get your stuff. Why not upgrade today?
“And when Windows Live Essentials 2011 releases later this fall, Windows Live Writer will also use WordPress.com as its default blogging solution.”
For step-by-step migration Path of Spaces to WordPress Screenshots , please check