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Microsoft’s Secret Social Network ‘Socl’ Revealed

Sometime back, Microsoft had accidentally revealed that it was building a new social networking platform, based around its Bing search engine, to take on the likes of Facebook and Google+.

Now, more details of Microsoft's social networking venture have surfaced, giving a deeper insight into what Microsoft has in store for the masses.

Tech blog The Verge (opens in new tab) got an exclusive look into the Socl social networking platform, which was earlier known as Tulalip.

The platform comes with a minimalistic design, giving it a Google+ like look and feel. The interface is divided into three sections, with the pane on the left for basic navigation, the middle section is dedicated to the news feed and updates and the right hand side can be used to send invites and start video conferencing.

A tab, which asks what one is searching for, allows one to search for the things they like on Bing and post it as a status update. Users can also post a traditional status message using the same bar.

The platform also comes with a Video Party feature which lets users conduct group chats and watch YouTube videos together. As Socl is a Microsoft research project, it might not be released for the general public.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.