Windows Live and WordPress… so close yet so far away…
October 7, 2010 4 Comments
Just like buses here’s a 2nd post in one day, thought this one deserved to be split away from the last post.
I got an email through on my phone the other day saying this…
We want to share some important changes that are coming soon to Windows Live Spaces. We are very excited to announce our collaboration with a premier and innovative blogging service, WordPress.com, to offer your end users an upgraded blogging experience. On March 16, 2011, your end users current Windows Live Spaces will close, however, we will help them migrate their current Windows Live Spaces blog to WordPress.com or they can download it to save for later.
For your end users who migrate, existing links to their blog and specific articles will continue to work and their visitors will be redirected to their new location on WordPress.com.
Your end users will soon receive the email below that outlines these changes, the associated timeline, and any action they must take.
Thank you for using Live@edu and we hope your end users enjoy the new blogging experience.
The Live@edu Services Update Team
Was a weird feeling to see Spaces being shut down as I remember back in 2004 when it first came out. At the time the drag and drop customisations etc were pretty clever but as everything time catches up on you and the competition gets better
My reactions to this (in order) went something like this…
- typical, just a few weeks after I move my blog over to WordPress Microsoft release a migration tool to do it for me!
- well done Microsoft, WordPress is a quality product so makes sense to work with someone to get a stable, high quality platform
- wow, this will be really useful for our web courses that teach blogging as everyone will have a WordPress account ready in the same way as they can with Office Web Apps, SkyDrive etc
- I wonder when we can use this with our Live@Edu accounts?
So when back in work I get Googling and find this…
As I’m reading one thing stands out… I can’t use my Windows Live ID to sign into this?!?!?!
I’d love to be proved wrong on this but it basically sounds like what you actually have is a link pointing to WordPress that will do a few updates to Windows Live Messenger (how many people still use it? I’ve found since the Facebook revolution it seems to be dying out…)
That’s not exactly what I would’ve expected. Surely at the very least any Windows Live Service should be using the LiveID to do login duties; as a result I can’t really call it a Live@Edu service as my users with Live@Edu accounts can’t set up a new blog without signing up for a separate account!
Another interesting item to note was Messenger Connect, I noticed it uses the same consent.live.com domain as our Moodle plugin so seems to be the way delegated authentication is going… I wonder if we might see an update to the plugin one day using this technology (or the scarier thought of MS pulling the plug on the current Windows Live Delegated Auth SDK and leaving us with no Moodle plugin but surely they won’t do this?!)
Any thoughts on this would be interesting to hear, am I being too demanding or should the upgrade be a more integrated service than what it looks like it’s going to be?