PC Magazine has remarkably given the MSN Spaces blogging service a 4/5 with ludicrous praise including
“Remarkably easy way to maintain your own blog, complete with photos and slide shows. Dovetails nicely with MSN Messenger. It’s free”
Umm…. so is Blogger, but more remarkable is that its highly customisable ;-)
“It’s wonderfully easy to use, and its slick set of editing tools is surprisingly powerful….You can stick with the default template if you like, or customize the look and feel of your page. You can add or delete modules. Modules can be moved from place to place, simply by dragging and dropping. Colorful backgrounds can be added to spruce things up”
Its just like a Thomas the Train Engine train set: there’s lots of track and you can add stations, switches and the occasional decorative tree to the set, and a 2 year old can use it. But it only comes in Blue.
There was no Microsoft advertising present on the PC Magazine pages at the time of visit, but we’d be surprised if the review wasn’t paid for. Author Cade Metz even compares the service to TypePad!
MSN Spaces is blogging for kiddies, plain and simple. Easy to use, yes, but your stuck with standardised templates with little, real customisation options. Only when true customisable templates are introduced (with CSS access) can the service be taken seriously.