Microsoft Offers Blogging Tools

Via C|NET:

"Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled a new set of Web-based services
allowing users of its MSN service to publish and track each other’s
blogs. 

The new free blogging service, called MSN Spaces, was
launched as a preliminary test service along with newly updated online
software for swapping instant messages and sharing photos, the world’s
largest software maker said."

I’m not going to jump right out and use this new blogging software just because Microsoft makes it. I just think it is ironic that they continue to be late to the party when it comes to Internet tools.

"MSN Spaces users will be able to customize the layout of their blogs,
post digital pictures, create music and book lists, and also control
who has access to their blogs."

Gee, just like all of the current blogging tools that are on the market (many of which are free and don’t restrict you to using a single service).

"Using a centralized contacts database that will be shared between
Microsoft’s MSN Hotmail free e-mail and MSN Messenger services, users
will also be able to better track new blog postings, Irving said."

I’m not a conspiracy freak, but this "MSN Messenger/Hotmail/Passport" dominance thing is getting to be a little too much for me. The less Bill Gates knows about who I’m friends with the better as far as I’m concerned.

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