Microsoft has released an updated suite of tools for hosting providers that provides a Microsoft approved blogging platform.
The pack is being provided to hosts who then offer its contents to their clients. Hosts adopting the package include goDaddy.com for the provision of blogs to its Windows hosting clients.
The blogware is part of a larger CMS tool, Community Server, from Texas company Telligent, which itself was founded in 2004 by Robert Howard, one of the original members of the Microsoft .NET Framework team, and is currently used by Microsoft blogs on MSDN.
The move sees the first attempt by Microsoft to enter the DIY blog market, currently dominated by WordPress and MovableType, although the package is not currently being offered to individuals for download by Microsoft.