Mike says (emphasis mine):
“However, Dare’s response is on the money as well. We don’t intend to be the ultimate blogging tool, but what we can promise is that we are working towards becoming the ultimate self-expression tool. If you want to start a blog for your 10-person canoe shop, complete with your own domain and Exchange integration, MSN Spaces is not the right place for you right now. But if you want to share photos of your infant child with your family, or keep a journal for your classmates, or share your favorite movies, songs, and nightclubs with friends, we are going to do whatever we can to make sure MSN Spaces is the solution for you.”
While I don’t want to get into an argument over semantics, it strikes me as more than a bit odd that “the ultimate self expression tool” in MSFT’s eyes is appearantly one where you are restricted to the features, designs and tools that MSFT decides you need, vs. a completely open free-form solution like Blogger (which gives you hosted and un-hosted options, full HTML control, etc)…
I’m anxious to see how Yahoo! tackles this with Yahoo! 360. I hope, if they have a play-pen mode like Spaces, they also give those of us with more technical aptitude the freedom to truly express ourselves.