Microsoft readying Channel 8

Microsoft readying Channel 8

Summary: While rumors swirl that Microsoft might be considering buying FaceBook, the company is continuing to build out its own family of blogs, wikis, video and other community-outreach tools to connect with current and potential users -- including a new "Channel 8" site.

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While rumors swirl that Microsoft might be considering buying FaceBook, the company is continuing to build out its own family of blogs, wikis, video and other community-outreach tools to connect with current and potential users.Microsoft Channel 8 logo

The latest social-networking site in Microsoft's arsenal? Channel 8.

Microsoft Developer Mark Johnston posted a teaser on his blog for the forthcoming site, which seems to be targeted at students.

"(Y)ou can probably guess who it's targeted at given my new job focusing on students ;-)," Johnston blogged.

So far, there's nothing but a logo on the site. No word yet on when it will go live. I put in a formal request for more info; no word back yet.

Update: On Thursday afternoon, a Microsoft spokeswoman responded with the following statement: " Unfortunately, we can't share details at the moment but there will definitely be more to come later this summer."

Channel 9 is Microsoft's developer-community site, which the company launched in 2004. In 2006, Microsoft launched Channel 10, a slicker, marketing-oriented site.

Microsoft also currently runs a student-outreach site, The Spoke, where students can host their blogs and participate in community discussions. And it has been stepping up its campaign to consolidate "Student Partners" on another Microsoft site.

Topics: Microsoft, Browser

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Be bold in your blog ... no need to hedge statements

    Regarding your statement "which seems to be targeted at students" ... no need to hedge the statement with "which seems" ... be bold. If you view the page source it says clearly on the image tag:

    longdesc="Created for students"
    ac2_z
  • Claustrophobia

    Why do I get the feeling the web is closing around me? Isn't it time we woke up to the fact that who controls the servers controls what is posted on them. Support your local ISP

    http://machiavelli.blog.co.uk/2007/07/10/the_scandal_that_will_not_go_away~2608346
    greenteeth
  • Needs to be Better

    I was an early member of The Spoke and I can tell you that they would need to do a whole lot better job than they did with that project. The Spoke was badly designed and maintained and participation has consistently decreased over the life of the project. A while back, someone new was put in charge of the project and from what I can see they have done nothing to improve it. Microsoft wasted an opportunity with The Spoke.
    ogmanx@...
  • UK Student site using Silverlight

    thanks for the find Mary Jo - just blogged it and added a link to this Microsoft UK student site that is using Silverlight.
    stevecla
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