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Microsoft's 'Socl' Gets New Web Address; Possible Beta Testing

Microsoft's ‘secret' social networking platform has moved to a new web address, indicating that it might be soon open for private beta testing.

Socl was accidentally discovered back in November, giving rise to speculations that the company was preparing a platform to rival Facebook, Twitter and Google+. At that time, Microsoft had claimed that it was an internal research project undertaken by a Microsoft Research team.

Now, according to an article on SlashGear, Socl has resurfaced with a shorter URL. The platform can be found on, which declares that it is in private beta.

Moreover, the site offers no other information apart from a password protected log-in, which indicates it is only accessible to select Microsoft team members who are conducting private beta trials.

Sometime back, a few websites claiming to have had access to the early beta of the platform, revealed that Socl will be a social search engine built around Microsoft's Bing.

Users will be able to follow other people and have their own followers and search, discover and share new stuff with their friends. The platform is also said to have a comment system and news feeds, based on the people users are following.