Microsoft is scheduled to unveil MSN Spaces as early as this week. Spaces is geared to compete directly with Google's Blogger blog platform and BlogSpot blog hosting.
Spaces has been up and running in a beta version in Japan since August. (Japan Spaces)
Some industry watchers have said they consider Microsoft's move into blogging as a counteroffensive against MSN archrival Google. In 2003, Google purchased Pyra Labs, the San Francisco-based vendor behind the Blogger blog-authoring platform. --MS Watch