Microsoft Blogger
December 2, 2004 6:05 AM   Subscribe

Microsoft does blogging Standard features, standard ugly MS design. Will "integrate" with MSN Messenger.
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posted by Mwongozi (21 comments total)
This "blogging" thing will never amount to anything. I mean, who wants to read what a stranger thinks about?
posted by paddbear at 6:17 AM on December 2, 2004

I don't know I'd jump to conclusions on how ugly it is or will be. It's still a beta.

Plus, have you peeked at the source? It looks like they're at least trying to do XHTML. They're just failing the "all documents must be well-formed" requirement.

(I must admit, me defending Microsoft is way out of character.)
posted by bugmuncher at 6:21 AM on December 2, 2004

I'm sure they want to include "features" that will require adherence to MSN-related assimilation (for example, I'm sure there's no way they won't set it up LiveJournal-style in that you HAVE to sign up for a .NET password and MSN account in order to comment)

What would seem to make more sense would be to incorporate blogging into Hotmail, since they've got a user base of millions there already. Just offer them the same amount as Xanga or LiveJournal, and there you go.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 6:28 AM on December 2, 2004

Pornographic journals already in place.
Looks like they're going to fit in just fine.
posted by NinjaPirate at 6:31 AM on December 2, 2004

It doesn't matter how ugly the stock design is. The users will always manage to create blog designs that defy all rational viewing and actually hurt your eyes.
posted by smackfu at 6:31 AM on December 2, 2004

set it up LiveJournal-style in that you HAVE to sign up for a .NET password and MSN account in order to comment

Only evil companies require account sign-ins for comments...

Enable anonymous comments on your site XQUZYPHYR and watch what happens.
posted by srboisvert at 6:38 AM on December 2, 2004

Only evil companies require account sign-ins for comments...

Now if I actually said that anywhere, you'd have a point.

LiveJournal and DailyKos, to cite two examples, however, haven't spent the last five or six years using the PR of "integration into your daily desktop environment" as a means of making it less and less possible to use alternatives to their system. There's a difference between asking someone to enter a username and e-mail (like MetaFilter does) and requiring installation of the .NET framework and shifting your default messaging program to their own software.

Their games site, Zone, for example, has the "integration feature" of requiring MSN messenger to be installed and running while using the site. If Matt announced that MetaFilter would now only be accessible when the Gator Toolbar was running, I think more than a few people would be upset. Given Microsoft's tendency to do this for most previous new projects it's likely their plan here as well.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 6:50 AM on December 2, 2004

I look forward to the dystopian future where I can whine about not having any milk on my .NET blog and my .NET fridge goes and orders a gallon or two.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:23 AM on December 2, 2004

How cheap do you have to be to use the same picture twice on your front page?
posted by benzo8 at 7:50 AM on December 2, 2004

Why do you figure Microsoft can't for the life of them hire a decent graphic designer? Not a single one?
posted by signal at 8:06 AM on December 2, 2004

Just trying to keep the whole design "consistent," I suppose.
posted by Myles at 8:12 AM on December 2, 2004

Why is it so slow?
posted by Orange Goblin at 8:16 AM on December 2, 2004

A lot of it looks like generated content to me.
posted by carter at 8:49 AM on December 2, 2004

Hey - Microsoft doesn't need graphic designers - that's why they have engineers. Silly rabbit!

I also noticed that while the presentation may be ugly and the site balky and awkward to navigate, at least it's dog slow!
posted by kcds at 8:52 AM on December 2, 2004

While you were all complaining about the ugliness (gahhh! ouch! my eyes!) and the slowness(plenty of time for a nice cup of tea), I was registering my new blogname, but I am sad because "The MSN Spaces network is being upgraded and is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later. " so I cannot blog my feelings about this new service from my friends at Micro$oft.

Why yes, you are all silly rabbits. Please go register your personal spaces, and we can have a loverly repeat of the Bush-Cheney Sloganator fun.
posted by theora55 at 9:49 AM on December 2, 2004

So far, it works about as well as the beta MSN search. Google must be laughing their asses off right about now.
posted by drew at 11:49 AM on December 2, 2004

According to boingboing, every page in the Sites service is (c) Copyright Microsoft, and they are free to do anything they like with it, without paying you for it. Run, don't walk. Away.
posted by dyaseen at 1:31 PM on December 2, 2004

Anyone else noticed what the permalinks look like? OUCH.

Here's one:!1plJ7Y_UgwHdZPuG3jMe6p5Q!146.entry
posted by arielmeadow at 3:18 PM on December 2, 2004

I can't wait to see how they address (or don't) the issue of comment spam. Bets on whether it will be built into Longhorn, anyone?
posted by mullingitover at 5:30 PM on December 2, 2004

microsoft sucks
posted by clubmedia at 6:00 PM on December 2, 2004

I don't know why you'd use this instead of LiveJournal or Blogger, if you're just looking for free, quick, and dirty. Honestly. Is Microsoft mentally retarded? I thought they were full of super smart people or something.

Wow. They should just buy Google like they bought Bungie. That's how they make all their money.
posted by Kleptophoria! at 9:02 PM on December 2, 2004

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