SEATTLE – Hoping to keep more Internet users in its branded universe, Microsoft Corp. has become the latest company to offer blogging to the masses.
MSN Spaces makes it easy to set up Web journals without needing highly technical skills. It is targeted at home users who want to share vacation pictures, text journals or a list of favorite songs.
It is free to anyone with a Hotmail e-mail or MSN Messenger account, both of which also are free. MSN Spaces will be supported by banner ads. [Source]
I decided to preview the features and see if I could recommend it to current or potential bloggers. It truly was easy to set up and has some really good features for selecting a template and quickly modifying it to your individual desires. Some wizards help you to maintain a blogroll and it also has built in comment moderation to prevent spam. I imported a selection of my posts into it and you can see my effort here.