Microsoft tests Soapbox Internet video-sharing service.
An Internet video-sharing service being tested by software company Microsoft is expected to rival the YouTube site, which offers content such as clips from old TV shows and home videos made by users.
The Soapbox service, which can be found at http://soapbox.msn.com, is intended to draw revenue-generating advertising from Internet companies Google Inc and Yahoo Inc. It will be offered to a restricted number of users during a test phase, which will not feature any advertisements, but is intended to be part of Microsoft's MSN Video within six months.
Microsoft plans to introduce a Soapbox player enabling users to share, categorise and comment on video content, while the video plays uninterrupted. It confirmed it will remove any copyrighted material which is uploaded onto Soapbox illegally by users, once the rights holder has alerted the company, a policy that is similar to YouTube.
The company said Soapbox will support a number of video file formats and delivery methods and be available for browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Apple Computer's Safari.
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