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Microsoft's YouTube rival enters beta RRS feed

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  • Microsoft Corp. has unveiled a public beta of its MSN Soapbox video-upload service, its competitor to Google Inc.'s popular YouTube service. The service, which Microsoft unveiled last September, has been available to beta testers only by invitation for several months. But now anyone can test out the service by going to this Web site , reports the the LiveSide blog , which tracks Microsoft's Windows Live Internet services. Like YouTube, Soapbox allows users not only to upload videos to the Web in almost any digital video format, but also to tag and categorize them so other users can find them. The service also lets users watch videos and browse for new ones simultaneously on the same screen, something that differentiates it from YouTube, Microsoft has said.

    Microsoft has been assembling a raft of Web-based services to compete with Google and Yahoo Inc. since November 2005, when Chief Architect Ray Ozzie unveiled the company's Live services initiative. The company has said it would invest a significant amount of money in its Web efforts, and financial analysts expect Microsoft to give an update on this plan during a briefing with analysts in New York Thursday. Though many believe the Live services will replace Microsoft's MSN branded services, the company continues to maintain MSN as a site where it offers entertainment content, which may explain why it branded Soapbox with the MSN name rather than Live. The Live moniker refers more to actual services such as Windows Live e-mail, instant messaging and search.

    Sources:
    http://neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=38141
    http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/...berival_1.html
    Sunday, February 25, 2007 5:51 AM

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  • good post ....hope the soap box will turn out good.
    Sunday, February 25, 2007 8:49 PM
  • let microsoft get it as the best one ... tired of you-tube, google video.  .. i guess they are making it more light.. and easy to use.. lets watch it out..
    Sunday, February 25, 2007 10:55 PM
  • ok.. i'll keep posting such stuff yaar...
    Monday, February 26, 2007 6:25 AM
  • yea.... soapbox needs to go a long way to equal youtube....
    Friday, March 16, 2007 5:51 PM
  • yea.... but can develop and give a fight for the gaint YouTube .!!!
    Saturday, March 17, 2007 4:03 AM

All replies

  • good post ....hope the soap box will turn out good.
    Sunday, February 25, 2007 8:49 PM
  • let microsoft get it as the best one ... tired of you-tube, google video.  .. i guess they are making it more light.. and easy to use.. lets watch it out..
    Sunday, February 25, 2007 10:55 PM
  • Nice information...
    Sunday, February 25, 2007 11:05 PM
  • ok.. i'll keep posting such stuff yaar...
    Monday, February 26, 2007 6:25 AM
  • nice info.. Youtube is big and soapbox needs to do a lot of work before it can become big..
    Thursday, March 15, 2007 12:52 PM
  • yea.... soapbox needs to go a long way to equal youtube....
    Friday, March 16, 2007 5:51 PM
  • agreed. soapbox is still a baby.
    Friday, March 16, 2007 6:22 PM
  • yea.... but can develop and give a fight for the gaint YouTube .!!!
    Saturday, March 17, 2007 4:03 AM