Apparently, Microsoft have now taken their Spaces weblog publishing service out of beta. The Spaces home page has been spiced up with a new look. Microsoft is now claiming that there were 4.5 million users during the test phase.

Microsoft’s foray into the blogosphere in booming, with news that there are now over 4.5 million blogs on MSN Spaces. The figure was announced as part of the official launch of MSN Spaces after 4 months of public beta testing.

The figure would place Microsoft in second or third place in the English speaking blog market, behind SixApart with around 6.5 million blogs (Jan 05) and Google’s Blogger, who does not release figures of how many blogs it has, but is estimated to have around 3-5 million blogs.