Windows Live Spaces Confronts Myspace

In an unmistakable attempt to catch up with News Corporation’s Myspace, Microsoft Corp began rolling out Windows Live Spaces a few days ago.

The new service includes social networking features designed to help users discover and connect with friends through their trusted contacts and allows customers to personalize their Windows Live Spaces with gadgets.

As the next generation of the Microsoft’s MSN Spaces, Windows Live Spaces will allow consumers to tell their story and customize their site with blogs, photo albums, music lists and more.

Windows Live Spaces is designed to connect users to their real social network of friends -- people in their Windows Live Contacts list -- that is integrated across Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Mail and other services -- and introduce them to people through these trusted contacts.

Users that are already on one another's Windows Live Messenger contact lists can initiate instant messaging conversations from within Windows Live Spaces.

In addition, consumers will be able to choose from hundreds of gadgets -- specialized mini-applications created by developers from the community and content partners -- to easily personalize their Windows Live Spaces. Customers can create a Windows Live Space at and find gadgets at http://gallery.live.com

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