November 19, 2010 4 Comments
- This is the second article regarding the upcoming closure of Windows Live Spaces and the mandatory upgrade-migration to Word Press
- Microsoft notified Windows Live Spaces customers via email on November 12, 2010 (copy included below)
- Upgrade-Migration is mandatory and can be accomplished but only until March 2011
- Effective January 4, 2011 a Windows Live Spaces blog will become ‘Read Only’ (accessible and viewable but no further changes permitted)
- Effective March 16, 2011 a Windows Live Spaces blog will be closed (all access discontinued)
1. Email Notice:
Dear Windows Live Spaces customer,
You are receiving this note as a follow-up to our communications notifying you of an upgraded experience available at WordPress.com and the March closure of your Windows Live Space. If you haven’t taken an action yet, please read on to learn how to preserve the content of your space.
As of January 4th, 2011, you won’t be able to make changes to your Windows Live Spaces blog, but you can continue to review past posts, download your content to save for later and upgrade your blog to WordPress.com. We’ll help you migrate your current blog to WordPress.com or download it to save for later. On March 16th, 2011 your current space will be closed.
With the new release of Windows Live services, we’ve made a series of changes and improvements across our products. We chose to partner to provide Windows Live users with a great blogging solution. However, we realize the changes will have an impact on you – this email aims to address any concerns you may have.
Why is this happening?
Our customers have asked for richer blog functionality including an integrated statistics system, continuous saving of drafts and improvements to spam-fighting technology. To deliver the best possible blogging experience, we are collaborating with WordPress.com to provide their free service to you. For those of you that already have a blog on Windows Live Spaces, we will make it easier for you to get started while helping you keep what you’ve already built up on Windows Live Spaces.
What is the timeline?
As of January 4th, 2011, you won’t be able to make changes to your Spaces blog, but you can continue to review past posts, download your content to save for later and upgrade your blog to WordPress.com.
On March 16th, 2011 Windows Live Spaces will close and you will not be able to access or migrate your blog.
What you need to do before Windows Live Spaces closes
When you visit your space you’ll have the following options:
Upgrade your blog by migrating to WordPress.com – We will provide a simple way to move your blog posts and comments to WordPress.com.
Download your blog – You can download your old posts to keep a copy with you. You can also do this and then migrate to WordPress.com.
Delete your space – If you decide that you do not want to have a space anymore, you have the option to delete it permanently. If you want to save your content, please make sure to do that before deleting your space.
Review your blog – Over the next couple of months, Windows Live Spaces will continue to be accessible to read and review while you make your decision. We’re very excited about what you can do on WordPress.com and hope you’ll decide to take advantage of this improved blogging experience.
Note: some content such as gadgets, guestbook, lists, notes and draft posts won’t be migrated. See FAQs for more info on how to preserve this type of content.
Go to your space to choose an option that’s right for you.
What you can expect by moving to WordPress.com
All of your posts, comments, and links will transfer, and you will have the option to share your blogging updates with your Messenger friends.
On WordPress.com, you’ll get tools to help you track how your blog is doing and who’s visiting. You’ll get tagging that enables people to find you, and for you to find like-minded people. It includes great blog comment functionality, and trackback spam prevention to help keep your experience clean. Check out more.
Thanks for using Windows Live and we hope you enjoy the new blogging experience.
The Windows Live team
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is WordPress.com ?
A: WordPress.com is a free blogging site, similar to Windows Live Spaces. On WordPress.com, you’ll find great themes and widgets to customize your experience, tools to help you track how your blog is doing and who’s visiting. You’ll get tagging that enables people to find you, and for you to find like-minded people. It includes great blog comment functionality, and trackback spam prevention to help keep your experience clean.
Q: What happens to my Windows Live Spaces content and what can I migrate?
A: Here’s a list of different functionality available on Windows Live Spaces today and what you can expect:
Blogs and comments: If you choose to migrate or download, your blog content (including inserted photos, videos and comments) comes with you.
Photos: Photos not part of your blog but part of Windows Live will continue to live on SkyDrive and, if you choose, you can continue to share them with others. Photos that were part of your blog will be migrated if you choose to migrate your blog. If you add any other modules provided by other services that shared your photos, those will not be migrated.
Visitors will know where to find you: If you migrate, existing links to your blog and specific articles will continue to work and your visitors will be redirected to your new location on WordPress.com. You’ll also be able to keep your friends up to date with your latest posts on Windows Live Messenger.
Private blogs: If you have a private blog, your blog will be checked as private unless you choose another option during migration. You’ll be able to share your blog back with your Windows Live Messenger friends or just choose to select a few people to invite to WordPress.com.
Gadgets, guestbook, lists, notes, and draft posts: Unfortunately, you won’t be able to move these. You might consider publishing your draft posts over the coming months and moving content in lists and notes into your blog before migrating.
Profile and Contacts modules: That information stays on Windows Live. You can add your new blog to your Profile and share it with your friends.
Q: What can I expect between now and the date Windows Live Spaces closes?
A: As of January 4th, 2011, you will lose the ability to make changes to your Windows Live Spaces blog, but you can continue to review past posts, download your content to save for later and upgrade your blog to WordPress.com. On March 16th, 2011, Spaces will close and you will not be able to access or migrate your blog.
Q: Where can I learn more?
A: Are you a parent of a child who uses Windows Live Spaces? Do you have a private blog? Do you use Writer to publish to Windows Live Spaces? Do you have other questions? Please visit our Help Center for additional information and resources.
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2. Additional Information (clickable links)
- Windows Live Team Blog – Inside Windows Live
- Windows Live Spaces Help Center
- WordPress.com Support Center
- Windows Live Solution Center – Live Spaces Portal
- Initial Article by this writer regarding Windows Live Spaces planned closure
September 27, 2010: Original Published Date
November 19, 2010: Content revised and updated to include Nov 12 2010 email notification