Microsoft does video sharing 'me too!'

by admin September 19, 2006 at 5:49 am

Chasing YouTube’s runaway success…

Microsoft is today set to launch a beta version of a new service that lets people upload videos of their cats dancing, babies laughing and teenagers playing air guitar.

Microsoft’s new Soapbox on MSN Video site takes on the popular video-sharing site YouTube, which has become an online sensation for viral and homegrown user-generated video. Also crowding the online video market are Google Video, Revver and Yahoo! Video.

Soapbox on MSN Video, codenamed Warhol, will eventually be integrated with Windows Live Messenger to allow people to embed links to videos in instant messages and with Windows Live Spaces so people can include videos on their blogs.

Soapbox users will be able to rate, comment on and tag the videos, create RSS feeds and share links with others via email. They will also be able to embed the Soapbox player directly on to their website or blog.

There is a 100MB upload limit but no limit on video length or number of videos a user can upload. Users will be able to make the video full screen for better viewing.

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