Aside from everything we knew yesterday, there’s one additional tidbit of note in the press release… It looks like Microsoft is in ‘fast follower’ mode, and intends to add RSS support to MyMSN shortly, ala MyYahoo. (Scott Gatz and crew, you should be flattered.)
More thoughts here after I’ve played with it.
(As I’ve noted for months, and like my friend Susan Mernit said today, I’m hungry for a new solution given Blogger.com’s continuing availability problems — let alone the poor feature set. Let’s see if Spaces makes the bar…)
In brief… competent, but not compelling (at least not to me). Clearly a very consumer-minded solution.
- WYSIWYG editing
- Cutesy animated emoticons
- Mobile-blogging and email posting supported (IM posting to follow early next year)
- Lists, Photos and Music support
- C-A-T-E-G-O-R-I-E-S (can you tell this is important in my mind), but not nested
- Trackback support
- Built-in reporting
- Permissioning allows you to restrict to a ‘friends list’
- Can’t host on my own server and/or with my own domain!
- WYSIWYG, but no HTML editing of post
- No HTML editing of template/layout
- Only pings weblogs.com
- Commenting support on/off at a blog (vs. post) level
- No control of archiving
- 10MB storage limit
- .NET/Passport sign-in required
- By the time I finished typing this up (10 minutes?) the service crashed! (Update 2: Service didn’t crash; still rolling out across the cluster and expected to be available at ~9PM PT tonight. See comments for details.)
As usual with a Microsoft 1.0 offering, this gets them in the game… but it certainly isn’t sufficient to get me to leave Blogger (despite its hideous warts), nor for me to recommend it as a solution to others.