Windows Live enthusiasts received two separate but somewhat related emails this evening, one from Windows Live Spaces, “Changes coming to your Windows Live Space”, sets out the timeline for the demise of Spaces (and how you can migrate to WordPress.com):
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.
Then, in email #2 “The Live Mesh beta is coming to an end”, the Live Mesh beta details the end of days:
Why is this happening?
For the last couple of years, Microsoft has offered two similar services for syncing your files: Live Mesh beta and another service, called Windows Live Sync, which let people sync large folders of files between PCs. To deliver a better product for all our customers, we decided to combine these sets of features into a new product called Windows Live Mesh.
Note: Windows Live Mesh is available only for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Mac OS X version 10.5 or later.
What can I expect between now and the date the beta service shuts down?
The Live Mesh beta service will continue to run until March 31, 2011. However, we will no longer accept new beta participants. You won’t be able to share Live Mesh folders with someone unless they already have Live Mesh installed. On March 31, 2011, you will no longer be able to sign in to Live Mesh beta on your PC, Mac, or on the web.
Aside from some interesting Windows Live spin on how failed and poorly transitioned services (what was that name again? Live Mesh? FolderShare? Live Sync? Windows Live Mesh?) “deliver a better product for all our customers” and “deliver the best possible blogging experience”, the bottom line is that Spaces goes poof on March 16th, and Live Mesh on March 31, 2011. Check your emails.