Last September at TechCrunch Disrupt, Microsoft announced that all 7 million Windows Live Spaces blogs would be transitioning to WordPress.com. It turned out that number was inflated, and a subsequent internal email put the real number of transitioned blogs at 300,000.
Well, the number of Windows Live Spaces blogs which have transitioned over to WordPress.com is now at “over half a million” and another half a million new WordPress blogs have been created by Windows Live users. So that brings the total new WordPress blogs created as a result of the partnership to one million.
The total won’t get to 7 million by March, 2011 when Windows Live Spaces blogs will no longer be supported. But many of those are dead blogs anyway. A million new WordPress blogs is nothing to sneeze at. Since the deal was announced, the number of new blog sign-ups at WordPress.com has more than doubled from 400,000 a month to 900,000 a month.
Microsoft, founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, is a veteran software company, best known for its Microsoft Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software. Starting in 1980 Microsoft formed a partnership with IBM allowing Microsoft to sell its software package with the computers IBM manufactured. Microsoft is widely used by professionals worldwide and largely dominates the American corporate market. Additionally, the company has ventured into hardware with consumer products such as the Zune and...
WordPress.com offers a popular and free blogging platform which competes with Google’s Blogger and Six Apart’s TypePad. WordPress.com is a version of the open-source WordPress package hosted and maintained by Automattic. TechCrunch, Giga Omni Media and other prominent technology blog networks use WordPress.com’s VIP program.