Interesting to note the timing on this one - on the day that Telligent launched Community Server 2007, Microsoft publicly launched what seems to be a beta of something not a million miles away from it, currently codenamed ‘Athens’. Now the last time they used this codename, it referred to the project for an ideal home pc, presumably now made obsolete by the arrival of dedicated Media Center PCs and Windows Home Server boxes. Perhaps this second Athens project will also fade away in time?

The tagspace demo is an interesting mashup of various Web 2.0 sites already out there, but what are the blogs and forums betas for? Is this what Live Spaces will eventually become or did Microsoft just decide that it couldn't bear using an third party product to run its two main blog spaces any more?

(More info here from the project lead's blog)

Microsoft intends to migrate its blogs.msdn and blogs.technet sites to a new community platform that is internally code named “Athens”. If you are interested in playing with a beta and offering feedback on what you would like to see in the platform going forward head over the new beta site. In addition to the blogs it will be a home for forums.