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Microsoft introduces YouTube rival as public beta

The service, introduced by Microsoft last September, has been available only to certain beta testers in invitation mode for several months. Now it has been opened to the general public so that anyone can test the service directly at this link, as noted in the LiveSide blog responsible for keeping track of all Microsoft Windows Live Internet services.

Similar to YouTube, Soapbox allows users to not only upload their videos to the web in virtually any digital video format, but also allows for tagging and category enforcement so that they are easier for other users to find. The service also allows users to watch videos and browse news simultaneously on the same screen, something that Microsoft says differentiates them from YouTube.