Microsoft Looks to Build Up Consumer Windows Community
Microsoft officials denied that the company is trying to build a Windows version of Slashdot. Unlike Slashdot and other Microsoft community-building projects such as Channel 9 and
"The Hive is the only place on the Web created exclusively for online community leaders interested in Microsoft Windows products," according to a blurb on the Hive Web site.
The beta of the Hive features online forums, but later iterations will add a file-upload utility where members will be able to share screen shots, how-to content, tips and tricks, according to Microsoft officials.
Microsoft officials said they want the Hive to be a community that is run by third parties, not by Microsoft.
"We want to get peers to interact with each other in a safe environment," said Josh Levine, group product manager with Windows client communities. "We [Microsoft] will provide the server space and prizes [for forum participation, etc.] Well also provide some content. The community members will be the [forum] moderators."
The Hive is not one of Microsofts
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