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.