Microsoft to close Soapbox August 31

By Matthew · 5 replies
Jul 22, 2009
  1. Only a month off from their decision to scale back Soapbox, Microsoft has decided to close the service altogether. Soapbox launched as a YouTube competitor in 2006, but failed to gain foothold on the market. Redmond’s announcement last month stated that they intended on transforming Soapbox into a forum where bloggers and citizen journalists could post videos relevant to MSN’s focal points (entertainment, lifestyle, finance etc).

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  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Is this a bad thing?
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    I've never heard even heard of it...
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Me neither Rick, saw the headline and had to click to see what it was all about.
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    If reasonably tech savvy digirati like ourselves did't know what SoapBox was, maybe that was part of it is failure.

    I'm sure MSN pushed it as part of their services, but relatively speaking, not many people use MSN.

    And concerning Microsoft, it's probably for the best anyway, since YouTube loses about $1,500,000 every day it operates. If YT can't generate money, I doubt Soapbox could even be in the positives, let alone lucrative.
  6. JudaZ

    JudaZ TS Enthusiast Posts: 284

    whats soapbox, agree with Rick, I've never heard of it....maybe thats the problem.
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