Microsoft introduces revamped MySpace rival

Following MySpace’s acquisition by
media conglomerate News Corp, Microsoft has launched
a refreshed version
of its own social networking effort. Dubbed Windows Live Spaces, the site
replaces MSN Spaces, which Microsoft claims is the world’s most used
blogging community. Windows Live Spaces is integrated with other Windows
Live services, as well, including Windows Live Messenger and Windows
Live Mail. For instance, Microsoft says Messenger users can talk to
their contacts directly from inside Spaces. Microsoft also outfitted
Windows Live Spaces with support for “gadgets” that allow users to
customize their personal pages. The gadgets include an MSN video player,
live poker, local movie showtimes, weather forecast, and, ironically, a
Google
search bar
.

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