Microsoft’s New Social Networking Website..

Posted: December 25, 2011 in All Categories, Web Services
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Microsoft So.Cl

Microsoft So.Cl

We all know Microsoft which owns a small part of Facebook, has now dipped its own toe in the online social scene with a low-key unveiling of its So.cl (pronounced “social”) service. The site, which is for students to share interesting discoveries online, looks like a curious blend of Facebook, LinkedIn and Google +. Right now it’s restricted to certain universities, and is a blend of web browsing, search (Bing, of course) and networking – including what it calls “video party”.

As per there website “So.cl (pronounced “social”) is an experimental research project, developed by Microsoft’s FUSE Labs, focused on exploring the possibilities of social search for the purpose of learning.

– So.cl combines social networking and search, to help people find and share interesting web pages in the way students do when they work together.
– So.cl helps you create rich posts, by assembling montages of visual web content.
– To encourage interaction and collaboration, So.cl provides rich media sharing, and real time sharing of videos via “video parties.”

We expect students to continue using products such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other existing social networks, as well as Bing, Google and other search tools. We hope to encourage students to reimagine how our everyday communication and learning tools can be improved, by researching, learning and sharing in their everyday lives.

Who can join?

We are formally partnering with selected schools (including University of Washington, Syracuse University, and New York University).

However, anyone can participate in the FUSE Labs research community as several of our experiments are available for use on the web. For those who wish to be more involved with FUSE, please e-mail Socl@microsoft.com.”

Read more @ http://www.so.cl/about/faq

In effect, Microsoft is trying to build on the fact that many students are looking for the same sorts of things online, and it gives them a way to put together and share their findings with other members interested in the same academic area. We’ll see if its young users stick to such a lofty goal.

Will So.cl be the first step of a greater social project under way at Microsoft? That’s something it is not willing to share. Who know but MS lately by all means is struggling for a breakthrough like its Windows OS, currently it seems they are just copying glitter from the top website to make something of there own, not sure if MS is lose its shine in the Online Space sooner or later.

Anywaz Happy Christmas to all the readers and have a Great Holiday Season 🙂

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