Microsoft Unveils Social Network for Students, Powered by Facebook Connect

Microsoft has finally unveiled, its new social network. We had reported on Socl earlier, when speculation suggested that Microsoft was aiming to compete with Facebook, Twitter and Google+ by launching its own network – Socl.

At that point, we commented that it would likely fail, just like Apple’s Ping. However, it turns out that Microsoft is still quite friendly with Facebook, and isn’t going up against it in the social arena just yet.

Microsoft Research just launched, which is a social network aimed at students. It is powered by Facebook Connect, and requires you to sign in using your Facebook account if you want to use it.

Like Facebook, it is rolling out slowly, and is currently available only for a few universities.

Apparently, has ben designed to enable students to “extend their educational experience and rethink how they learn and communicate.” It lets them “find students with similar interests and build communities around specific educational goals.” aims to connect users not with their friends, but with people they don’t know who share similar interests. It won’t replace existing social networks, but may succeed in creating a niche of its own.

As we reported before, it comes with social search features powered by Bing, and also allows users to share videos using a Video Party feature. It also has instant blogging features, which allow you to share content easily.

You can check out Microsoft Socl here –

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Microsoft Socl to Go Up Against Facebook, Twitter and Google+

Microsoft is apparently working on its own social network – It was first revealed earlier this year, when a teaser page appeared at the site, revealing Tulalip, Microsoft’s latest attempt at social.

We hadn’t heard about it since, but the guys at The Verge seem to have gotten an early look at the site, which is still in private beta.

It looks similar to Facebook, in terms of the interface and has some of the same features as Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

With Socl, Microsoft may be trying to integrate the search and social experience for its users. It allows users to post two kinds of updates – a search update and the traditional status update.

When you do a search update, it also adds Bing results to your feed, which you and your friends can then interact with.

It also comes with a “Video Party” feature, which allows users to watch videos online with their friends.

It may be launched soon, but there is a chance that it may not even see the light of the day. In any case, It’s going to have a hard time siphoning users away from Facebook, Twitter and Google+. It is very likely that it may end up with the same fate as Apple’s Ping.

Socl may be another drain on Microsoft’s coffers, and a public launch may mean that Microsoft’s Online Services division, which is losing billions of dollars every year, may not become profitable for another couple of years.

Rumors suggest that Microsoft may launch it publicly soon with an invite-based system. Stay tuned, we will keep you updated.

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