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Microsoft plans to "significantly scale back" its Soapbox service, the would-be YouTube challenger it launched in 2006. Whatever that means. Speaking with Cnet, Microsoft vice president Erik Jorgensen said that Soapbox's YouTube-like user-generated video setup is just too expensive considering the state of the economy. But he …

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  1. A B 3
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    500 million...

    loss is immaterial to Google. I don't think money-grubbing M$ could stomach a business model like that.

    Google knows the way to the future. I would have invested the money in old-fashioned things like real-estate and widget factories. No! 6 Billion people having their own TV channel is what makes money.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    MS YouTube Clone?

    Microsoft had a YouTube clone? Hmm, news to me...

    Next you'll be telling me they run a search engine as well...

  3. Tom Taylor-Duxbury
    Gates Horns

    Your browser or operating system is

    Not Supported

    That's as far as I got!

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    failure 2.0?

    Only 2.0? I'm thinking somewheres in the area of 155.9.83 r.J

  5. Marvin O'Gravel Balloon Face

    Next thing you know...

    .. they'll be axing Microsoft Money.

    Oh. Wait.

  6. A 20

    They had a YouTube clone?!

    They kept that one rather quiet, I hadn't heard of it before reading this article!

  7. Martin Lyne

    Soapbox?

    I might have used it if they called it something more 2.0 like.. Wang or Dild. Or Flangr.

    Who'd have thought a crappy, derivative web 2.0 fluff site would fail against a pre-established, well known rival?

    Compete with rival for profit in a service that isn't even breaking even for them and will cost you development, maintenance and hosting. Recipe for fail. I'd rather have a cheaper Windows thanks, but feel free to wank away your money.

  8. Slappy Frogg

    What is this Soapbox you speak of?

    Add me to the crew who had no idea that Soapbox even existed. Yikes!

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Lies, damned lies and website hit counts.

    Oh, they mean MSN video!

    The only reason they get so many hits is because every time someone opens up MSN messenger (sorry, Windows Live messenger), it displays an ad popup containing videos from the site and some adverts. I've clicked on few out of general interest but I would be ashamed to count myself as a Soapbox subscriber.

  10. Crivens
    Coat

    Microsoft...

    It's time get off from your Soapbox.

    It's the grey coat on the left, thanks.

  11. Geoff Mackenzie

    Also never heard of it

    and astonished that they thought it would be a good idea to be honest.

  12. Richard Porter
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    Amazing experiences?

    Now pull the other one!

    What is soapbox anyway?

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    And so it should die...

    ... because it's been around for three years and I didn't even know it existed!!!

  14. Rod MacLean
    Paris Hilton

    Soapbox?

    Until I read the comments, I thought I must be the only one that had never heard of it.

    No bloody wonder they're shutting it - if no-one's heard of it then no-one's going to be using it...

    Paris, because MicroSoft's stupidity rivals hers.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Hmm...

    I dimly remember the name now you mention it. It seems like a case of MS leading the pack, here. I cant imagine that youtube will hang around for that much longer without some pretty major changes - those changes may happen slowly, without fanfare, but they'll happen. You just need to look at the music videos debacle in the UK and Germany (?) which youtube/Google have managed to make into "the man wanted too much money" rather than a "we can't pay the musicians for their work cuz we're skint" to see that things are changing.

    It doesn't take a genius to see that taking the two major expenses in IT, namely bandwidth and storage and turning them into a free service is going to cost money hand over fist.

  16. PPPie
    Gates Horns

    voice box removal

    YouTube is actively trying to hide public user-made videos. So no surprize MS are cutting back that aspect of their service too. It's all part of removing the public voice in the West. With digital TV and radio the norm, what way can people spread the truth there now?

  17. J 3
    FAIL

    Count me in...

    ...as another user who'd never heard of Soapbox until this article. Amazing. And I read tech news (mostly El Reg, admittedly) almost every day.

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