Microsoft yesterday officially launched MSN Spaces, allowing users to publish and track each other's blogs or online journals. The company said that the test phase of the service was very successful with over 4.5 million users since December 2004.
Microsoft's MSN Internet division also launched the latest version of its MSN Messenger for swapping instant messages and sharing photos.
"We expect this to have wide appeal outside the United States," said Blake Irving, vice president of communication services at Microsoft's MSN Internet division, adding that MSN Spaces would be available in 15 languages in 30 markets.
Microsoft also said it would sell advertising on MSN Spaces as well as on MSN Messenger.