We’re excited to announce that WordPress.com is now the default blogging platform for Windows Live Spaces users. We’ve worked with our partners at Microsoft to create a simple migration service for Spaces bloggers to easily bring all their posts, comments, and photos to WordPress.com.
Over a six month period, beginning today, Windows Live Spaces users will have the option to move their blogs to WordPress.com. To make this possible, we’ve created a brand new importer for Windows Live Spaces to WordPress.com. New Windows Live users will also be offered a WordPress.com blog when they choose to create a new blog.
All current links to your Windows Live Spaces blog will automatically redirect to your new WordPress.com blog after you set it up. In addition, this redirect we’ve set up will maintain your current traffic levels from search engines, as it automatically notifies search engines that your content has a new home on WordPress.com (the technical background on the 301 redirect method we’re using, if you’re interested, is here).
As part of this project, we’ve 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.
For detailed information on how the migration will work, check out this post on the Windows Live blog.
We’re very happy that Microsoft chose WordPress.com as their preferred new blogging service for Windows Live users. It’s a sign of how strong WordPress.com has become, and credit for that goes to every one of you who’s been creating here.
Getting the most out of WordPress.com
For Windows Live Spaces bloggers who are new to WordPress.com, we wanted to share a few tips for getting up and running with your new WordPress.com blog.
Get started with WordPress.com with this fun 10-step guide to becoming a blogging hero. We cover everything from the basics like creating your first post, through advanced topics like working with social tools.
Check out “How To” videos on just about every feature of WordPress.com on the WordPress community video site.
If you need a little more help, make sure to browse our extensive support knowledge base, and get in touch with the friendly WordPress.com support team, known around here as the Happiness Engineers. You can also get user-to-user help on our support forums.
Sep 27th at 6:33 pm
Will the migration preserve the post creation date that appear in Windows Live?
Sep 27th at 6:40 pm
This has to be good news for the future of Windows Live Writer which has always worked well with WordPress despite being created for Windows Live Spaces.
Sep 27th at 6:43 pm
Great news! Now more people in the WordPress community! More visitors perhaps.
Sep 27th at 6:49 pm
Wonder how this is going to affect the internal code base of Windows Live. All of wordpress code is GPLed and enforced by it’s dictator.
Can Microsoft engineers (by contract) even look at GPL code? Wouldn’t they be getting “too many ideas” from the extraordinary genius in the wordpress code base?
Big win for WordPress.com nonetheless, with the user base of Windows Live (whatever it might be) they’re now the biggest player in the blog authoring landscape of the internet.
Sep 27th at 6:51 pm
Great job, WordPress! You’re the best!
Sep 27th at 7:11 pm
Finally, I can have all my blog entries in one place. Already imported them to my current blog, and now I’m just tagging and updating wherever I see fit.
Thank you so much for this feature.
Sep 27th at 7:13 pm
As always, you think of everything. This is an amazing place to write, and have blogs. Thanks!
Sep 27th at 7:18 pm
Congratulations, WordPress! Wish you a smooth transition to all these new blogs.
Sep 27th at 7:23 pm
This has been a beautiful surprise to me.
Sep 27th at 7:24 pm
Excellent, now everybody would be WordPressing!
Sep 27th at 7:33 pm
Congratulations to all at WordPress! And a big hefty welcome to all you Spacers out there!
Sep 27th at 7:34 pm
GREAT win of GPL and FLOSS movement and products too … since WordPress.com (and its foundations) is one of the best examples of the good that it produces
Sep 27th at 7:37 pm
Sep 27th at 7:41 pm
Awesome! Let’s welcome our new community members..
Sep 27th at 7:59 pm
Awesome! If only I had this opportunity when I migrated from Microsoft Spaces four years ago…
Sep 27th at 8:01 pm
@everyone — on behalf of the Windows Live team, again we couldn’t be more excited about partnering with WordPress to give our 30MM bloggers and viewers an awesome upgrade to the best blogging platform in the world. And to give -all- WordPress.com bloggers an easy way to publicize their posts across Messenger, Hotmail, and the rest of Windows Live. These kind of “peanut butter and chocolate” moments is what it’s all about.
Sep 27th at 8:12 pm
Amazing win for WP.com. I wonder how many millions of blogs you’re hosting now?
Sep 27th at 8:17 pm
Great news, the quantity of users is what makes WordPress awesome, the more the merrier!
Sep 27th at 8:19 pm
Lovely news! I love WordPress.
Sep 27th at 8:30 pm
Congratulations WordPress! I love you!
Sep 27th at 8:39 pm
A lot of Spaces users (writers and readers) are from China. Unfortunately WordPress.com is blocked in the PRC, so they’ll be missing out…
Sep 27th at 8:45 pm
Why are my albums in Windows Live Spaces gone after transerring to WordPress?
Sep 27th at 8:45 pm
Cool, will there also be a new WordPress client for Windows Phone 7?
Sep 27th at 8:50 pm
Great! I love WordPress!
Sep 27th at 8:53 pm
WordPress ! I love you more day by day ~
Brilliant addition …
Sep 27th at 9:02 pm
Good news for wordpress.
Sep 27th at 9:13 pm
Lately Microsoft’s been getting better lol I haven’t been let down by them since Windows 7′s arrival, never thought I’d say that.
Sep 27th at 9:14 pm
Congratulations to both Windows Live and WordPress!! This will allow for more exciting services!! excellent move! just don’t mess up the transition!
Sep 27th at 9:20 pm
If I have both a Live Spaces blog and a WP.com blog, will there be a way to combine the 2?
Sep 27th at 9:20 pm
How can I transfer WordPress space back to Windows Live Space?
Sep 27th at 9:27 pm
Great news for WordPress!
Sep 27th at 9:54 pm
Wow what a surprise & great news at the same time!
Sep 27th at 10:00 pm
I have a blog at spaces since five years and this one here. I love my blog at spaces since I can have both my photos, and my music playing in a mediaplayer and I have my lists with all my music and other stuff, so I think it`s complete, but as I understand I can`t keep neither my photo albums nor my mediaplayer so I`m very sad. Even if there has been some trouble now and then during these years, I must say I haven`t found any other blogging place that can match the space blog.
I do hope that you will let me have ny mediaplayer. Now and then I`m writing about music and I will have the possibilities to play the music which will be the best for that special day.
Sep 27th at 10:04 pm
Congrats and welcome windows live spaces bloggers :D.
Sep 27th at 10:23 pm
way to go WordPress !!!
Sep 27th at 10:27 pm
Oh yep! Never thought Microsoft would do this!
Sep 27th at 10:31 pm
It’s awesome how WordPress is connecting to all the bloggers in the world!
Sep 27th at 10:40 pm
Hiya folks! Just caught your post here tonight. (Been out all day)! Any chance we can still use Live Writer for blogging, or is that being derailed?
Actually, I’m glad to get this update – I used to use Live Spaces for everything but have been here for perhaps a couple of months, now, so thanks for writing and updating us all. I can remember some ruffled feathers on Spaces – loads of people were worried it would be shutting down. Shame, that. I started there and have many fond memories. It’s good to see some of you from MSFT on here. Glad you’re enjoyihng it:-) Regards, Jen
Sep 27th at 10:46 pm
The more, the merrier!
Sep 27th at 11:45 pm
Im a newbie here and have sucessfully added my 1st blog here, but what of my windows live groups, NSW truthtellers. how do i transfer that across from windows live to wordpress? i assumed that all my windows live stuff would be transferred like my photos etc? whats the go ?
Sep 27th at 11:53 pm
I’m sorry but I’m curious how can my friends see any of my photos on WLS? My ex-url has gone. How can they check them out?
Sep 27th at 11:57 pm
So you see, I’m proud to be a WordPress blogger!
Sep 28th at 12:22 am
That’s great news! …but let’s hope we can avoid that future scenario where WP is eventually bought out by Microsoft.
Sep 28th at 1:01 am
Really good news. WP is simply the best blogging platform out there. Even Microsoft is acknowledging that
Sep 28th at 1:22 am
welcome, windows live bloggers, then !
Sep 28th at 1:35 am
great news! I’m glad to hear this…
Sep 28th at 2:05 am
Yeah, just moved my Windows Live Spaces to here. Still getting familiar with the new interface and enviroment.
So far so good.
Sep 28th at 2:08 am
Will WordPress offer enough room for me to upload pictures? Just like skydrive on Windows Live Space?
I have 25G room on skydrive.
Sep 28th at 2:32 am
Hi Paul, hi everyone! I’m a stupid woman, I also study now how I can create my new cinema community here… And I’ll be happy if some of the cool professional web developers will help me…cause I need support and advice…I need to create my site in Russian and English… So, I’m learning the possibility to make a good site! I need to add database for the actors, upload some videos, photos, etc. I hope I’ll do it!
Have a nice week!
Sep 28th at 3:27 am
Thanks, now I don’t have to post on both wordpress and spaces.
Sep 28th at 3:28 am
This is great news for WordPress and Live Spaces users. I wonder how my old posts would look like on wp…
Sep 28th at 3:57 am
wow more people coming to WordPress then!
Sep 28th at 4:38 am
Hey, I just moved my windows space to wordpress.
I found my blog is already redirected to the new wordpress blog I created. But I still want to visit my old space before Mar 2011 when the migration is finally done.
It is really a heart-breaking process losing my old Windows Space that I have been creating over the past many years. Is there anyway I can retrieve my old Space?
Any help will be very appreciated!!!!
Sep 28th at 5:34 am
But what about all the cool people who have Apple computers?!
Sep 28th at 5:42 am
Official status from Microsoft is great news for WordPress! Congratulations!
Sep 28th at 6:02 am
WordPress rocks … how long before Google throws in the towels or buys you guys out?
Sep 28th at 6:24 am
Way to go WordPress!
Sep 28th at 6:33 am
Congratulations! And: Welcome to WordPress.com everyone.
Sep 28th at 7:11 am
Great stuff. Welcome aboard Windows Live users. You’ll love WordPress.
Sep 28th at 7:34 am
Wow!! Great news.. Welcome, Windows Live bloggers!
Sep 28th at 8:02 am
Cool. I don’t like Live Space’s original blogging service. However, it may be worse for Chinese bloggers to migrate from Live Space to WordPress, because I understand WordPress is blocked by GFW, isn’t it?
Sep 28th at 8:11 am
This is great, I have a Window Spaces blog, that I don’t use, because I use wordpress. I might move some of my posts over.
Sep 28th at 8:22 am
I wonder after the migration, how my old MSN folks can visit my new blog here. Do they need to register on WordPress too?
Sep 28th at 8:23 am
Welcome to all of you!
Sep 28th at 8:25 am
Hi, I really really regret that I moved — all my albums disappeared!!! I know now I can only check the photos at live.photo, but I REALLY DONT LIKE THIS WAY! Is there a way for me to return to windows live? Can you help me stop the redirection on my domain address?!!!!!!!!
You guys didn’t say anything about the album and this is unacceptable!! I need help!!
Sep 28th at 8:46 am
next step: wordpress for Yahoo!, Facebook, Multiply…
Sep 28th at 8:55 am
Congratulations you guys, wordpress.com. I am maintaining 3 blogs over 3 different platforms: Windows Live Spaces, WordPress.com and Blogger. After a very short time, my wordpress.com blog became preferred choice among the options and my primary blog to sell cosmetics, thanks to it being easy-to-use, high performance and lots of cool features that I can utilize, and the most important thing is that wordpress.com blog is very friendly with search engines
Sep 28th at 10:33 am
Thanks for the answer, (Paul Kim). I already have Writer so I’ll just keep it rollin’;-)
Sep 28th at 12:15 pm
Thats great news!
Sep 28th at 1:03 pm
I am glad to see this revelation. My last blogging service was Windows Live Spaces, but soon found it to be rather limited. I spent some time setting up, learning and creating my own WordPress Blog using my own domain on a hosted server and found some great addins, plugins, and decent support.
Sep 28th at 1:05 pm
Good for you guys. And for us too, since I’m sure there will be a lot more users around to read stuff. I use Linux though.
Sep 28th at 1:38 pm
Is the not any way to get a guestbook i WP?
I am new to WP..came from LiveSpace.
I read that WP.com does not have plugins, is this true?
Sep 28th at 1:53 pm
i really really need your help now…i used msn spaces for 5 years…and try to download everything from my space to my computer today…the problem is that i can only open the first page of it….when i try to see more of my diary…it says This Windows Live Space is no longer available.
and there is nothing on my wordpress space….except the same name…..
is there any possible you guys can help me to get my space back?
here is the address:hkseven.spaces.live.com
i cant open it right now….everything is gone….feel so sad about it….please help me….
Sep 28th at 2:04 pm
While this partnership is clearly a feather in WordPress’s cap (and well done to them), as a now ex-Windows Live Spaces user, I think customer relations could have been better handled by Microsoft.
I think many of us have felt in Mushroom Mode (kept in the dark) since services started being withdrawn without notice from WLS back in mid-year. At least now the reason is clear, but it could, and should, have been better handled.
Sep 28th at 2:29 pm
Just want to welcome everybody from WLS. I’ve used several blogging platforms before WordPress. Even though my own blog is a self-hosted WordPress now but I have a joined blog with my best friends on WordPress.com. I keep on being impressed at what we can do with both so I think, when it comes to blogging, WordPress is the best!
Sep 28th at 2:30 pm
Newblog, Newworld, New Challenges!
Sep 28th at 2:38 pm
What is going to happen to SkyDrive and Workspaces. I had convenient modules for them on my LiveSpace site. Is this possible here, too?
Sep 28th at 3:02 pm
Awesome! Great news!
Sep 28th at 3:33 pm
It’s really great to be here.. But still to new here and just try hard to learn wordpress!
Sep 28th at 3:36 pm
…and I will say “I started blogging with wordpress even before they became famous” Rock on! WP, you rock so good.
Sep 28th at 3:39 pm
Why is my migration taking such a long time (over an hour now and still not finished)? And when people go to my “old” Windows Live Space they get an error message. This is handled very poorly.
Sep 28th at 4:05 pm
Sounds impressive especially if it is able to accurately preserve everything – but sadly several months too late for me as I have now painstakingly manually recreated my Live Spaces blog here on WordPress.com. However, a big welcome to those migrating across. You will find a vastly superior blogging platform.
As for the concerns about no guestbook – just do as I did and create a page called guestbook, link into your menu, add some welcome text, and allow comments!
Sep 28th at 4:11 pm
wow!! great news, although i already switched my blog from windows live space to wordpress long ago