WordPress and Windows Live partnership

Automattic and Windows Live are partnering to make WordPress the default blogging platform for Windows Live users after an announcement by Windows Live’s Dharmesh Mehta at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, CA, today.

The old Windows Live’s native blogging platform, Windows Live Spaces, will be deprecated. Current blogs hosted on Windows Live will be migrated to the WordPress platform. However, users will have about six months to migrate their blog over to the WordPress platform, before they close the system definitely. All old Windows Spaces URLs will be moved to the new blogs.

Automattic CEO Toni Schneider said: “Windows Spaces users can pack up all their stuff and migrate their blogs over to WordPress, and keep blogging on WordPress.com.”

Schneider also added: “8.5 percent of all sites on the Web are already powered by WordPress, adding up to about 26 million currently active blogs and 250 million visitors each month.” (Windows Live Spaces, by comparison, has about 30 million customers)

“As we looked at customers blogging needs and what different companies were providing, we were particularly interested in what WordPress.com is doing,” said Dharmesh Mehta. “They have a host of impressive capabilities, from a scalable platform and leading spam protection, to great personalisation and customisation. WordPress powers over 8.5 per cent of the Web, is used on over 26 million sites and is seen by over 250 million people every month.”