Microsoft’s So.cl social network shutting down on March 15

Microsoft Research FUSE Labs has announced that they are shutting down So.cl from March 15, 2017. Five years back, Microsoft Research first revealed So.cl. Since then they have updated it with several interesting features such as Parties, Interests, etc. Back in 2014, they even released So.cl mobile apps for Windows Phone, Android and iOS devices. Since it was just a research project, Microsoft Research has now decided to shut it down. Read the message from FUSE Labs Socl team below.

Socl has been a wonderful outlet for creative expression, as well as a place to enjoy a supportive community of like-minded people, sharing and learning together. In supporting you, Socl’s unique community of creators, we have learned invaluable lessons in what it takes to establish and maintain community as well as introduce novel new ways to make, share and collect digital stuff we love. Through you we’ve been able to introduce many interesting ideas such as:

  • Collages; beautiful posts of content discovered through search and auto-assembled
  • Riffs; themed conversations based on community inspiration
  • Automatic Translation; seamlessly spanning languages and culture
  • Collections; telling your story through collections of posts
  • Picotales, Video Parties, Blinks, Kodu – new ways to create and share

Learn more about FUSE Labs projects here.

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