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Microsoft expands its social networking capabilities

As the online social networking scene continues to explode, Microsoft has seen fit to give its MSN Spaces online community a makeover. The company is ditching the MSN nomenclature and is now adding Windows Live Spaces to its ever-growing "Windows Live" brand. Other services in the family include Windows Live Messenger, Live Anywhere and Windows Live Mail.

This is no small feat for Microsoft as the MSN Spaces represented the largest online blogging community on the Net with over 100 million unique visitors each month. In order to keep up with the changing times, Microsoft is expanding social networking opportunities with Windows Live Spaces. A new set of tools is also available to users including enhanced privacy tools and hundreds of gadgets that can be used to personalize your own Live Space.

“With the release of products such as Windows Live Spaces, we continue to deliver on our mission of bringing customers closer to the information and people that matter to them most. Windows Live and Internet-based ad-funded software and service are critical to driving growth for the company, and we are energized about the continued investments we’re making to help provide consumers with a seamless and safer online experience,” said Steve Berkowitz, senior vice president of the Online Services Group at Microsoft.

While Microsoft still has no immediate chance of coming close to touching MySpace in the social networking scene, it does have a powerful well thought out platform at the disposal of users who choose to use the service.


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RE: If it works better...
By ksherman on 8/2/2006 11:57:09 AM , Rating: 2
I have only recent begun using Facebook... i quite like it becuase it is very simple to use, its nothing super facey, uploading pictures is relatively quick and easy etc. I also im super annoyed with MySpace, the only reason i use it is to remind me of birthdays :-P

Im a pretty avid Xanga user, thats because I really car for is blogging/journaling, and there is none simpler to use than Xanga


RE: If it works better...
By creathir on 8/2/2006 12:03:23 PM , Rating: 2
The major issue with facebook, is that it is not open to everyone, just college folk. That is great if you are still in college, but when you get out, or have not gotten there quite yet, or are not in one of the univ. they support, you're out of luck.

Xanga is pretty cool, but none of my buddies ever really got on there...

- Creathir


RE: If it works better...
By lealwai on 8/2/2006 12:23:57 PM , Rating: 2
although, it still doesnt apply to most of you here, Facebook is also open to High Schoolers.


RE: If it works better...
By Locutus465 on 8/2/2006 12:29:10 PM , Rating: 2
Uh, I have a facebook and I'm out of college. Most of my friends that graduated at about the same time of me have a facebook as well. It's pretty open to alumni.


RE: If it works better...
By creathir on 8/2/2006 3:24:09 PM , Rating: 2
Of the selected schools...

- Creathir


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