Windows Live Spaces

Windows Live Spaces was Microsoft's blogging and social networking platform. The site was originally released in early 2004 as MSN Spaces to compete with other social networking sites, and re-launched in 2006 as a part of a shifting of community services away from the MSN brand. Windows Live Spaces received an estimated 27 million (27,000,000) unique visitors per month as of August 2007.[1] Despite being considered a useful messaging and communication tool, Windows Live Spaces has been criticized as not being as powerful as some of its alternatives.[2] It was shut down in 2011 due to low viewership.[3]

Windows Live Spaces
The Windows Live Spaces logo.
Windows Live Spaces homepage
Windows Live Spaces homepage
Stable release
Wave 4 (Build 15.3.6553.0608) / June 7, 2010
TypeSocial networking Blog


Features of Windows Live Spaces included a blogging system, photo gallery, lists, friends, a guestbook, and a social profile. A Spaces page can be personalized with "gadgets", modules that can be placed to enable further customization, HTML code, and media playlists.[4] Contact cards were also used in other Windows Live applications and services to summarize the recent content added to a Space. RSS feeds are also available for content on a space.



Windows Live Spaces began as MSN Spaces and was launched in early December 2004 with the aim of allowing its users to reach out to others by publishing their thoughts, photos and interests in an easy and compelling way. With this goal, MSN Spaces finds itself competing with similar services like MySpace and Yahoo!'s 360°.

As well as allowing users to share their thoughts, photos and interests, MSN Spaces users were given over 100 varied themes and several different page layouts to choose from when designing their MSN Space. Users also had the option to set access rights for visitors to their MSN Space based on the relationship between them (e.g. Friends, Family etc.). Visitors were also granted when their contacts' had updated their MSN Space.


MSN Spaces
Windows Live Spaces layout as of July 2007

On August 1, 2006, MSN Spaces became part of the Windows Live services platform, and was rebranded as Windows Live Spaces. There were various, obvious differences between MSN Spaces and Windows Live Spaces, the most instantly evident being a redesigned layout engine. This allowed users greater flexibility in terms of the layout of their Space, for example, it allowed the ability to move the "Title and Tagline" module, where before the upgrade it was permanently fixed to the top of the page. The change also resolved some oft-criticised characteristics of MSN Spaces, such as the alignment of content on the computer screen.

As part of the rebrand and upgrade, the URL for all MSN Spaces members were moved to keep in line with the Windows Live branding. For example, a URL of was moved to, with the old URL redirecting to the new one.


On September 27, 2010, Microsoft announced that it would discontinue Windows Live Spaces, and in partnership with Automattic, a free opt-in migration of user blogs to will be offered to Windows Live Spaces users.[3] Beginning January 4, 2011, users were not able to make changes to Spaces, but contents were still viewable and downloadable. Windows Live Spaces was fully shut down on March 16, 2011.


It was mentioned that Windows Live Spaces censored the words that a user can choose when naming their Space, prohibiting for example the word whore or the so-called "seven dirty words".[5] In addition, Microsoft has received criticism for censoring the words "democracy" and "freedom" under its Chinese portal.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Face to interface". Social networks. 2007-10-18. Retrieved 2007-11-15.
  2. ^ Branscombe, Mary (2005-02-03). "Space Setter". Inside IT. London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-11-15.
  3. ^ a b " and Windows Live partnering together and providing an upgrade for 30 million Windows Live Spaces customers". Inside Windows Live. Retrieved 2010-09-27.
  4. ^ "PowerToys are here!!!". The Space Craft. Windows Live Spaces. Retrieved 2007-11-15.
  5. ^ "Microsoft blog service sparks censorship dodging". ZDnet. Retrieved 2007-11-15.
  6. ^ "Microsoft deletes 'freedom' and 'democracy' in China". The Register. Retrieved 2007-11-15.

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The service allowed users to plan and manage their own Events, add them to their Space, receive Alerts and integrate with other Windows Live services such as Calendar. It is similar to Facebook Events.Windows Live Events disallowed new events to be created starting from September 3, 2009, however still allowed users to access their existing events after this date. The service was fully retired in April 2010 and replaced by Windows Live Hotmail Calendar.

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Windows Live Favorites

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The goal of Windows Live for TV was to bring social networking to a new form factor that is both intuitive and fun to use. The application is built using Windows Presentation Foundation (.NET Framework 3.0) and runs within Windows Media Center or directly in Windows Vista's Internet Explorer 7.0 browser.

Planned features of Windows Live for TV included:

Browse Windows Live Spaces in 3D graphics with new "Gallery" views and full keyword search

Real-time text and voice conversations with Windows Live Messenger

Call your friends' mobile or landline telephones with Windows Live Call to make affordable domestic and international calls

Make free PC-to-PC calls to other Windows Live Messenger users

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