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Jul 15 11

Is Microsoft’s ‘Accidently Leaked’ Secret a Social Networking Project?

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Apparently social networking features are proving to be goldmines for tech giants with Facebook attracting major share of internet traffic, and Google catching up with Google+. Social networking ventures are being valued sky high and the LinkedIn IPO wasn’t bad either. No wonder if Microsoft wanted to join the game.

Microsoft might be working on a social project called Tulalip, according to details from a splash page that was “accidentally published” to www.Socl.com recently. Currently a message which reads, “Thanks for stopping by.  Socl.com is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the web.  We didn’t mean to, honest,” is on the display as the “unintentionally published” page has been taken down.

 

 

The page which was up at Socl.com described the project, “With Tulalip you can Find what you need and share what you know easier than ever”, along with options to connect to the service through Facebook and Twitter registrations. The “Tiles” of images found on the page was reminiscent of the interface design found on Microsoft’s new Window’s Phone 7 operating system. Also Socl.com is shorthand for social.

There has been no formal comment from Microsoft on the matter though the “accidental publishing” of page has led to a good deal of speculation, with some alleging that Microsoft intentionally published the page to arouse interest.

So, the big question remains: Will Microsoft join the ‘social’ race?

http://whois.domaintools.com/socl.com

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