Saturday, June 24, 2017
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
Google Promises to Stop Reading Your Emails in Gmail
BlackBerry's Software and Services Sales Fell in Q1
Handsets Expected to be Largest Market for ICs
G.SKILL Announces New DDR4 for the Intel X299 HEDT Platform
Toshiba Open to Further Talks With Western Digital About Chip Unit Sale
Foxconn Confirms US Investment Plan
Tesla Could Enter the Music-Streaming Business
Youtube Unveils New VR180 Format
Active Discussions
Which of these DVD media are the best, most durable?
How to back up a PS2 DL game
Copy a protected DVD?
roxio issues with xp pro
Help make DVDInfoPro better with dvdinfomantis!!!
menu making
Optiarc AD-7260S review
cdrw trouble
 Home > News > General Computing > Microso...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Microsoft to Launch Video Service to Rival YouTube


Microsoft will start testing on Tuesday an Internet video-sharing service called Soapbox, the software company's answer to Web sensation YouTube.

Soapbox (http://soapbox.msn.com) is one facet of Microsoft's strategy to create attractive Internet content to lure away billions of Web advertising dollars from market leaders Google and Yahoo.

Offering everything from funny home videos made by users to clips from old TV shows, YouTube sprung out of nowhere late last year as an entertainment break for millions of broadband Web surfers. In August, the site had 34 million visitors, according to Nielsen//NetRatings.

Soapbox will be offered to a limited number of users during an invitation-only test phase, but Microsoft said on Monday it will go fully live as a part of MSN Video within six months.

Microsoft is a late arrival into the crowded video-sharing market, following offerings from Google, Yahoo, Time Warner Inc.'s AOL unit and News Corp.'s social networking site MySpace. Last month, Sony Corp. agreed to pay $65 million to buy video-sharing site Grouper.com.

Focused on original programming and clips from broadcast partners, MSN Video once was the most popular Internet video site until fans of user-generated content propelled YouTube, MySpace and Google past Microsoft in recent months.

Since March, the number of YouTube monthly visitors has nearly tripled while MSN Video remained mostly unchanged at less than 12 million users.

MySpace video quadrupled to 17.9 million visitors a month and monthly Google Video users rose 70 percent to 13.5 million over the last six months, according to Nielsen//NetRatings.

Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft said it will take down any copyrighted material illegally uploaded by users once it is alerted by the rights holder, a similar policy to YouTube.

Microsoft aims to win over users with a Soapbox player that allows people to categorize, share and comment on videos, all while the video continues to play uninterrupted.

It also provides simple and quick uploading of videos, Microsoft said.

In a departure from its past strategy of restricting MSN Video to its Internet Explorer browser and Windows Media Player, Microsoft will make Soapbox available for various browsers including Mozilla Firefox and Apple Computer Inc.'s Safari.

Soapbox will also support a number of video file formats and delivery methods, according to Microsoft.

There will be no advertisements on Soapbox during the testing period, but Microsoft said it is studying how to best capitalize on the video content.


Previous
Next
Intel Quad-core Core 2 Quadro Expected in November        All News        Warner Considers DVD/HD DVD/Blu-Ray Hybrid Disc
Steganos Safe 2007 enhances privacy protection     General Computing News      Rivals Seek to Imitate iPod-iTunes Success

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Microsoft Stream Video Services Available Worldwide
Microsoft AI Masters Pac-Man
Microsoft Windows XP and Vista Covered by Latest Security Patches Against Potential Nation-state Activity
Microsoft to buy Cyber Firm Hexadite
Microsoft Shows Always-Connected PCs, Mixed Reality Designs at Computex 2017
Microsoft's Beam Streaming Service Becomes "Mixer"
BUILD 2017: Microsoft Announces New Tools and Services to Help Developers Build More Intelligent Apps
Microsoft's Nadella Hints On A Possible Surface Phone
Microsoft Cloud Strength Highlights Third Quarter Results
Microsoft Says U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Requests Doubled
Microsoft Announces Patent License Agreement with Toyota
Adobe, Microsoft To Offer Solutions That Share Sales Data

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2017 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .