Microsoft to launch YouTube rival

“Microsoft is aiming to capitalise on the user-generated video phenomenon by launching an online service to compete with YouTube, Google and Yahoo,” BBC News reports.

Soapbox starts testing on Tuesday and will launch within six months as part of current service, MSN Video,” The Beeb reports. “‘It’s really early days in online video; this is still act one,’ said MSN’s Rob Bennett. YouTube had 34 million visitors last month, according to Nielsen/NetRatings, while MSN Video attracts about 12m. ‘We’re definitely not blind to the fact that YouTube has a big lead right now,’ said Mr Bennett, general manager of MSN’s entertainment and video services.”

“The firm said the service would work with users of computers running both Windows and Apple operating systems and would support browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari,” The Beeb reports. “Soapbox will also support a number of video file formats and delivery methods, according to Microsoft.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Gary” for the heads up.]

Microsoft “innovation” in action yet again.


  1. At least they’re including Apple compatibility. Someone must have told them that a lot of video editing happens on Macs.

    Don’t count Microsoft out because they’re last to market. IE vs Netscape, iPod vs also-rans, Windows vs Mac…. sometimes first doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to win.

    On the other hand, we live in Windows vs Mac Scene II…

  2. Did anyone’s eyes bug out like mine did when I read that Microsoft is creating a service that is MacOS/Safari compatible, and isn’t from the MBU?

    I naturally assumed it would be Windows only like everything else they do, so this new cross-platform stuff seems really weird.

  3. Have you seen the loading icon?

    I have seen that spinning thing before… But when? Yeah, it is when I boot my Mac. My mac doesn’t crash, so I haven’t got to reboot often.

    MW: Stop, as in, when will MS stop copying?

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