Microsoft and Automattic, parent company of WordPress.com announced that Windows Live Spaces blogging service will be replaced by WordPress.com. Users of these services can transfer their blog via the migration tools from today.
In his statement, Dharmesh Mehta, Director of Windows Live Product Management Microsoft said, in recent weeks, his party and Automattic have discussed about cooperation and integration on the internet.
"When we saw the need for blogging and what is offered by various companies, we are interested in what is done by WordPress.com," Mehta said, as quoted by Mashable, Tuesday, September 28, 2010.
For that, according to Mehta, than Windows Live invest to create a rival blogging service, Microsoft decided to bring them through the WordPress.com blogging solution.
"Starting today, users of Windows Live Spaces will have the option to switch their blogs to WordPress," said Paul Kim, Vice President of User Growth, Automattic, on its official blog. "To simplify, we make the importer from Windows Live Spaces to WordPress.com."
In addition, Kim said, users of Windows Live will be offered to create a blog in WordPress when they will create a new blog.
For information, WordPress.com currently accommodate 14 million blogs. If half of the 30 million blogs on Windows Live Spaces switch, it will be a very significant acquisition for WordPress.