I’ve just been playing with MSN Spaces, Microsoft’s entry into the world of blogs. It’s easy enough to create a blog, and I managed to create a profile easily enough, although the site operates pretty slowly and it took me a number of attempts to upload a photograph (kept telling me that area was not available). Adding music requires a playlist from Windows Media Player – I’m operating iTunes on a Mac, so I couldn’t do that at this stage.
I found the site pretty intuitive – but mostly because it closely imitates features on the other, open source blogs. Not a lot of original stuff here. As Stephen Downes states:
“This is a typical Microsoft entry into a new field: nowhere near as good as the market leaders, painfully imitative, but leveraging Microsoft’s market position to try to achieve lock-in and push the competition out. I don’t think it will work this time: people are more loyal to their blogs than they are to their browsers.”
You can see the test blog I set up at http://spaces.msn.com/members/derekwenmoth/