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MSN Soapbox Beta Begins Today

The invitation-only beta of MSN Soapbox is set to begin today (Tuesday), according to LiveSide. Soapbox is the MSN Video upload site, which supports AVI, ASF, WMV, MOV, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, 3GPP and DV videos up to 100 megabytes. Further compounding the confusion about why this isn’t a Windows Live service, the signup page to get an invite is at Specifically, click this link and enter your email address to get an invite. Eventually. I guess.

Kurt Shintaku has some interesting things to say:

In case you’re wondering, Warhol has only been accessible by Microsoft employees from Microsoft’s internal network, hence the reason there hasn’t been any screenshots or anything published on the web. 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 co[n]tent 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.

I’m guessing that they won’t be using Flash, which means higher quality videos. Optimizing for bandwidth is nice, too. As usual, Microsoft will get accused of being “me too”, but will bring some innovative and useful features to the table. I can’t wait to start using it.

September 19th, 2006 Posted by | General, Live, MSN, Windows | one comment

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  1. Worst case scenario:
    32kbps WMV… Removing all the XviD/QuickTime clarity from the video. THEN they’ll add Digital Restrictions Management.

    Best case scenario:
    They’ll offer the source material (unlikely), or transcode it to a somewhat acceptable quality (likely).
    About the DRM, we’ll just have to see, luckily there’s quite some competition in the useless video market.

    Comment by TMaster | September 29, 2006

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