That is correct, Microsoft is closing down Windows Live Spaces and setting up a deal with Wordpress for those who want to continue to blog to migrate there data over to Wordpress.com (their blogging platform).
Microsoft could not acquire Wordpress, everything relating to Wordpress has been transferred over to the Wordpress Foundation. If Microsoft was to acquire anything it would be Automattic which is the company that originally built Wordpress. However, Automattic no longer has rights to Wordpress.
One thing to remember is that only any new code that Microsoft add could be subject to a different licence than the current open source one. To keep WordPress open source all that would be needed is for everyone to ignore any Microsoft versions and continue with open source upgrades based on the current version.
Microsoft sales of Windows7 has been quite low, the facts are that Windows XP continues to dominate.
Microsoft Office has appeared to replace Windows in Microsoft Camp as it sold the most, and probably most people feel more comfortable knowing that they can bring the software home install it on XP and there good to go, rather then having to re-install everything I think that Windows8 will show more smarter options but that is probably 3-4 years away or longer and with GoogleOS around the corner, Microsoft has almost backed them-self in a corner.
""Most importantly, the founding developer of WordPress and founder of Automattic, Matt Mullenweg, said that he has given up the trademark of WordPress and donated it to the WordPress foundation which will “safeguard” the trademark. On his blog, Mullenweg wrote that “Automattic might not always be under my influence, so from the beginning I envisioned a structure where for-profit, non-profit, and not-just-for-profit could coexist and balance each other out. It’s important for me to know that WordPress will be protected and that the brand will continue to be a beacon of open source freedom regardless of whether any company is as benevolent as Automattic has been thus far.”"LINK
hmmm…? So he wants to sell pieces of it ? Sounds like some kind of deal going down.
“envisioned a structure where for-profit, non-profit, and not-just-for-profit could coexist and balance each other out”
Pipe Dream ? or an excuse and reasoning to take some Microsoft money ?
One thing that might be very bad for Wordpress is if Microsoft gets their claws into it a nonprofit opensorce community probably won’t have the $$ to go through legal fights.
Two issues make no sense to me why Microsoft would want to acquire Automattic / WordPress.
WordPress runs predominantly on LAMP servers. I just can’t vision Microsoft owning anything which directly or indirectly promotes Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP.
WordPress is licensed under GNU GPL. If Microsoft were to acquire Automattic / WordPress and decided to switch to a proprietary license, I believe a fork would occur and the software would live on under a new name.