If you have a blog on Windows Live Spaces you should have received an email about Windows Live Spaces closing. I guess I shouldn’t be upset since I am getting more features moving to the new platform.
On WordPress.com, you’ll get tools to help you track how your blog is doing and who’s visiting. You’ll get tagging that enables people to find you, and for you to find like-minded people. It includes great blog comment functionality, and trackback spam prevention to help keep your experience clean.
Like I said: No complaints here!
What is the timeline?
Starting the end of September, 2010, when you visit your Windows Live Space you’ll be given the opportunity to upgrade your blog by migrating it to WordPress.com and to download your content to save for later.
As of January 4th, 2011, you won’t be able to make changes to your Spaces blog, but you can continue to review past posts, download your content to save for later and upgrade your blog to WordPress.com.
On March 16th, 2011 Windows Live Spaces will close and you will not be able to access or migrate your blog on Spaces.
What you need to do before Windows Live Spaces closes
Starting the end of September, when you visit your space you’ll have the following options:
- Upgrade your blog by migrating to WordPress.com – Windows Live Spaces will provide a simple way to move your blog posts and comments to WordPress.com.
- Download your blog – You can download your old posts to keep a copy with you. You can also do this and then migrate to WordPress.com.
- Delete your space – If you decide that you do not want to have a space anymore, you have the option to delete it permanently. If you want to save your content, please make sure to do that before deleting your space.
- If you can’t decide, take some time – Over the next few months, Windows Live Spaces will continue to be accessible while you make your decision.