Microsoft Says, “Hello Craig”

A Todd Bishop story in the Seattle P-I comes clean about Microsoft’s Fremont plans for local classifieds. While I had heard about the company’s foray into Craigslist-style classifieds before, this is the first official public disclosure I’ve seen of the upcoming Live service. 

Yes, most of it is typical Microsoft me-too, but there are some good ideas here, including limiting the circle of people with whom you are willing to buy and sell to people in certain geographies, companies, or otherwise. It is also worth noting that the service will free to users (both buyers and sellers), with all the revenue coming from ads.


  1. Free ads sponsored by paid ads, now there’s a concept…

  2. Good point. It’s getting so that, without a program, it’s hard to keep track of who’s subsidizing who anymore.