Microsoft MSN retiring Soapbox

Microsoft said it’ll shut down its Soapbox user-generated video service in stages in the coming weeks, launched in 2006 as challenge to YouTube, but it never became a credible rival. “Beginning today, July 21, we will be notifying both our customers and our internal and external partners that on July 29th, people will no longer be able to […]

Microsoft said it’ll shut down its Soapbox user-generated video service in stages in the coming weeks, launched in 2006 as challenge to YouTube, but it never became a credible rival. “Beginning today, July 21, we will be notifying both our customers and our internal and external partners that on July 29th, people will no longer be able to upload videos to Soapbox and on August 31st, the service will no longer be available," confirmed MSN chief Erik Jorgensen in an email message. "Though we’ll be retiring the Soapbox service in its current form, we are committed to user-generated content and our other video offerings through MSN Video. Thank you for your support of MSN Video. More details and download instructions are available at: http://video.msn.com/shutdown.html.”