Washington: Microsoft has been running a learning community combining social networking with search naming So.Cl since Dec 2011 probably as a silent project in wake of growing fame of social sites like Facebook and Twitter.
According to a Facebook page of So.cl, the page for the learning community was launched in Dec 16, 2016.
Technology gurus say that this could be move by Microsoft to challenge in directly both to social networking giants as well as search engines.
“Actually they hit the right segment for their growth who is youth always in search for new features on internet,” they add.
Official site of the new social plus research community gives introduction as follow:
So.cl (pronounced “social”) is an experimental research project, developed by Microsoft’s FUSE Labs, focused on exploring the possibilities of social search for the purpose of learning.
- So.cl combines social networking and search, to help people find and share interesting web pages in the way students do when they work together.
- So.cl helps you create rich posts, by assembling montages of visual web content.
- To encourage interaction and collaboration, So.cl provides rich media sharing, and real time sharing of videos via “video parties.”
We expect students to continue using products such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other existing social networks, as well as Bing, Google and other search tools. We hope to encourage students to reimagine how our everyday communication and learning tools can be improved, by researching, learning and sharing in their everyday lives.