Microsoft quietly launches So.cl website, still a research project

So.cl, a new Microsoft social networking site under testing has been opened to the masses allowing anyone to test out what Microsoft has been working on. The site was incorrectly revealed in June 2011, then closed soon after the accidental opening.

"So.cl is really an experimental research project focused on how social networking and search can be used for the purpose of learning. So.cl is really an experimental research project focused on how social networking and search can be used for the purpose of learning," Microsoft has stated. So what exactly does So.cl do?

  • 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."

You can sign in via Facebook or Windows Live to check it out.

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Will this be a good alternative to Facebook?