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MSN SPACE UPDATES

 

Some great update on MSN Space since yesterday (thanks to bink.nu for the summary)

  • No more /members
  • New contact search
  • Photo Comments
  • Option to allow comments on Blogs and Photos
  • Learn panel
  • Choose where the publish date of your blog entries will appear (footer or header)
  • Customize who can view your Space by contact
  • 3 email publishing addresses rather than just 1
  • Communication preferences so you can control who can send you invitations and requests for access to your space and your profile
  • Categorized themes
  • New Xbox Live GameCard and Recent Games modules
  • Revamped profile with Live Contacts
  • Rich text comments

Updates:

More new features:

  • MSN Spaces Mobile w/ search offical at http://mobile.spaces.msn.com/
  • Advertising option
  • Book list with Amazon.com
  • You can upload 500 photos per month now with out limits
  • Better URLS… add /blog or /photos to the address to get to that part of their space

More information at Mike’s Space The Space Craft , and http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/news/2006/0126-msnspaceintegration.htm

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Xbox 360 and MSN Spaces

This will be great!

Tony Gentile wrote down a great vision for the Xbox 360!

It’s not hard to imagine XBOX 360 flowing a gamer’s "verified" high scores, feats, wins, etc to their MSN Spaces ‘blog’. Think Google Video, then think 3 minute snipets from a duel or frag fest (along with the necessary "I rOxOred u" smack talk) published to Spaces; the only thing better than winning is showing off your moves to the entire world in perpituity, no?

As InsideMicrosoft writes: "Halo 2 outputs your stats as XML" So streaming real-time stats on your Space will be absolutly no problem. I also think that the combination of blogging, gaming, presence, IM and sharing photo’s/video’s will be a great feature!

But what about real-time video? You can easily stream real-time video to the MSN server, and from there you can create a world wide arena, for watching a game all over the world!
How long will it take before more people will watch the Virtual Olympic (frag) Games than the normal Olympics?  
 
I’m curious if there is going to be a MMOFPS (Massively multiplayer online first-person shooter) for the Xbox 360 in the near future. I’m guessing that the CPU with 3 die’s, the video chipset and a large MSN server could realize a nationwide action game where thousand of people could play together….   Wow.. Future gaming looks very cool!

And more good news  about the Xbox 360 this week.
It will probably already be launched in November and it will probably cost only $300! 
I told my girlfriend I was prepared to pay $500 🙂

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7 Million Spaces!

Microsoft is quoted as saying there are now over 7 million blogs on MSN Spaces and that the service is currently growing at the extraordinary rate of 100,000 blogs per day.
This is far more that anybody expected!

And there are rumors that the next version of Microsoft FrontPage will include ‘blog related tools’ to edit your MSN Space. This sounds very logical. This would be the same like edditing your Microsoft Sharepoint page within FrontPage 2003… 

This could mean that Microsoft will soon be the biggist Blog service provicer in the world, followed by Google and Yahoo!…

 

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Playing video within MSN Spaces

By showing you how it is to have a ‘priceless family from your girlfriend’…
I will test the integration of videoclips within MSN spaces…

ASF file
http://maartenvisser.com/recordings/priceless.asf

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MSN Spaces again unavailable

Today MSN Spaces was again unavailable for one hour.

First i had trouble adding a post (one minute it worked great and the next i got a time out).
Then i got the same error screen  i got last Saturday.
And some time later i got a message (that i attached to this post (in Dutch)) that’s say’s "This space is unavailable".

I actually saw the same ‘space is not available’ message on the ‘personal card’ within the MSN 7 client (working from a different MSN Passport).

And i notices that spaces still has the words BETA in the top banner.
Didn’t they removed this BETA logo at the beginning of this month?  
Should the logo be there or not? 

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Did Microsoft add new features to MSN Spaces?

I took this screenshot last Saturday. Both my Space and the Spaces.msn.com mainpage where down! 

I guess there was un update or bug fix… Maybe after they implemented it, they pulled it back..

The screen that you see us a standard Microsoft .Net debug screen and indicated that someone has added some buggy code.. I can’t believe that the didn’t do a good test before they changed something in the production environment of MSN Spaces…

On the other hand, it could just be a stupid mistake from a Microsoft engineer, who had to update someting on Saturday but had a good party on Friday… 🙂

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