According to a Microsoft employee’s blog, Microsoft’s YouTube competitor, Soapbox, may just be launching today. The service, added to Microsoft’s Live initiative, is an internet video offering that lets users upload 100MB files in various formats.
One difference between this and YouTube is that Soapbox will autodetect your browser, and if you’re using IE, it will stream video to you using Windows Media instead of Flash for Firefox or Opera. Soapbox will be integrated with Live Spaces, Microsoft’s blogging platform. Live is seriously shaping up to be something pretty usable, if they can get all their online apps to gel into one cohesive “Live” platform. How much would you like to bet the Microsoft Zune will support Soapbox video downloads?