MS to launch YouTube rival

Written by Wil Harris

September 12, 2006 | 13:52

Tags: #msn #soapbox #upload #user #video #youtube

Companies: #microsoft #myspace

Microsoft is launching MSN Soapbox, a user-generated video sharing site designed to compete with YouTube.

Microsoft will allow you to create RSS feeds of videos and keywords, and will integrate with Windows Live Spaces, Microsoft's MySpace competitor. There will be a 100MB upload limit on individual videos, but no restriction on the length of the video.

YouTube currently only allows videos under 10 minutes to stop people ripping off TV shows.

With 4m visitors each month, the Gates Brigade reckon they can catch up to YouTube in no time, and even overtake what has become one of the most visited sites on the net.

But given that YouTube is the default place for anyone wanting to upload video, what is MSN offering that is really extra? Why switch away from YouTube when there is no reason? It's a question that Microsoft doesn't really seem to have an answer too.

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