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Update: The service has launched, and the team behind SoapBox is blogging here. Checkout this video – Butterfly busts a move -pretty good quality. Rob’s MySpace page has embedded SoapBox. Microsoft’s much awaited YouTube competitor is all set to get out of the gates, perhaps as […]

Update: The service has launched, and the team behind SoapBox is blogging here. Checkout this video – Butterfly busts a move -pretty good quality. Rob’s MySpace page has embedded SoapBox.
Microsoft’s much awaited YouTube competitor is all set to get out of the gates, perhaps as early as tomorrow. A Microsoft employee has blogged about the pending release of the video sharing service, code named “Warhol,” that will be renamed as SoapBox. The word of the new service had leaked earlier this month, and caused a lot of chatter.

Kurt Shintaku says that the new service will come with 100 megabytes of storage and will will use Windows Media technology to playback video, instead of more popular Adobe Flash technology. I guess Mac users could play back the videos if they have Flip4Mac. (Rob who works on the SoapBox team says that “Soapbox autodetects your browser + platform and streams WM for IE/Windows users, but Flash for Firefox/Windows and Firefox+Safari on Mac.”)

In case you’re wondering, Warhol has only been accessible by Microsoft employees from Microsoft’s internal network ….. Suffice it to say, they’re going to announce it tomorrow so everyone will get the chance to take a look at it. It’s really bandwidth efficient, you can “copy” the content locally to your own machine if you have the right tools (instead of using some proprietary wrapper around it like you do with Google), it’s optimized to your network speed, and doesn’t require any plug ins or anything.

  1. Windows Media! Well, needless to say, this mac user will be sticking to YouTube. Even though I do have Flip4Mac it’s not as fast UI-wise and flawless as Flash videos are… especially with the Flash 9 UB.

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  2. Soapbox autodetects your browser + platform and streams WM for IE/Windows users, but Flash for Firefox/Windows and Firefox+Safari on Mac.

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  3. Soapbox: Redmond, Start Your Copiers…

    If Microsoft were to focus, they could make some amazing software. They have some of the brightest minds in the business, and more money than God (I checked, he’s overdrawn…), but their idea of innovation is imitation…

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  4. Rob,

    I am assuming you re a beta tester and have used it on other platforms. If yes, thanks for pointing that out.

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  5. Om,

    That’s correct – I also work on the Soapbox team :)

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  6. 微软即将正式开启MSN Soapbox…

      早前传出来的消息说微软将要推出YouTube克隆,而现在,GigaOM上面的报道说它明天就会推出,比想像中快。在之前的文章里,我们已经知道了微软的MSN Soapbox的一些细节了,下面是另外一些…

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  7. 微软正式推出MSN Soapbox beta…

      早前传出来的消息说微软将要推出YouTube克隆,而现在,GigaOM上面的报道说它明天就会推出,比想像中快。在之前的文章里,我们已经知道了微软的MSN Soapbox的一些细节了,下面是另外一些…

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  8. “Soapbox autodetects your browser + platform and streams WM for IE/Windows users, but Flash for Firefox/Windows and Firefox+Safari on Mac.”

    And Linux?

    The Butterfly link refused to play on my Flash-enabled Firefox running on Linux.

    Yet another example that Microsoft’s supposed support for interoperability is a farce?

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  9. SoapBox on MSN Video in beta…

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  10. Frank,

    When Linux starts spreading beyond the server world im sure Microsoft will start catering to them. They just did it for Apple so its proof that if theres an audience Microsoft will oblige them. Till then who can blame them for not shoving money down the drain?

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