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Microsoft to Release Social Bookmarks at TechED

Microsoft is all set to unveil its new social bookmarking site called Social Bookmarks at the upcoming TechEd conference; with this release, Microsoft will meet the competition—bookmarking sites such as del.icio.us, Digg, and Reddit—head on.

Microsoft’s lead evangelist for server and tools, John Martin, has said online in a blog post that the following week, Microsoft will release a preview version of this new social bookmarking site for TechBet and MSDN and showcase the site at the TechEd conference the week after.

While the preview will not be fully functional, it will allow the site’s users to bookmark any URL on the Web, save these bookmarks in a new my bookmarks tool, apply the tags, and let users surf through all bookmarks, bookmarkers, and tags (enabled as links) to discover new content and people; however, the preview would support English only.

Along with helping users organise and tag their favourite content, the site would help generate a significant amount of advertising revenue for Microsoft.

Microsoft had earlier launched a beta version of a similar social bookmarking service, TagSpace, in 2007, but this site could not be used by many Firefox users and is currently down.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.