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Monday, November 27, 2006

Microsoft bCentral Small Business Directory – Shuts Up Shop

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Microsoft’s bCentral directory has long been regarded as one of the essential listings for small business websites (with Yahoo! and DMOZ). According to a recent article by Matt McGee, it would appear that Microsoft has taken its last directory listing and closed its doors on the bCentral small business directory.

While the Sign Up & Get Your Small Business Listed Today! link to is still visible on the Add Site page, once you click the link, you are redirected to a service transition area with the following message:

“As of November 15, 2006 Microsoft will no longer accept new sign-ups for select Microsoft Online Small Business Services.

These services, previously marketed under the bCentral™ brand, include Appointment Manager, Banner Network Ads, Commerce Manager, Customer Manager, FastCounter Pro, List Builder, Sales Leads, SharePoint®, Submit it!, Traffic Builder, and Web Hosting Packages.

If you are a current customer you can continue to sign in and use your services. For additional information see our Customer FAQ.

If you don’t have a Web site and are looking to
take your business online, learn about the new services from Microsoft® Office Live.”

While it appears that Microsoft is transitioning its services across to the new “Microsoft Office Live” label, it seems that the bCentral Directory could be a casualty of this re-branding exercise. Currently there are no references to directory listings in the new Microsoft Office Live product range.

bCentral – R.I.P

Thanks to Matt McGee for the heads up on this Microsoft news.



Rene LeMerle Rene is the marketing manager of ineedhits.com - a global search engine marketing company. He also leads the marketing for Gooruze.com - a web 2.0 style community for online and digital marketers. Rene has been in the industry since 1997 with much of that time spent helping businesses embrace the best of the internet and digital world.

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