WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg just announced that they have officially opened the doors to WordPress.com, the new hosted version of the popular, open source blog tool WordPress. Previously, WordPress.com was in private, invite-only mode, but now anyone can sign-up for a free hosted blog on WordPress.com. WordPress.com is running a modified version of WordPress 2.0, so there are a few more features and enhancements over the current, stand-alone 1.5 version.
If you are thinking of setting up a blog, but don’t want to purchase a domain name and have it hosted, then I highly recommend checking out WordPress.com. It only takes a couple of minutes to create a blog and you’ll be able to start posting to it right away. Then, later on, if you decide the host your WordPress blog somewhere else, with its own domain name, you’ll be able to export your database and migrate to another host.
UPDATE 1: Matt mentioned that Red Herring did a nice write-up on WordPress.com today.
UPDATE 2: Dave Winer has setup a WordPress blog. First Robert Scoble, now Dave Winer. The big guns are really starting to take notice.