Microsoft So.cl Network Out Of Beta, Ready To Take On Facebook

By Vamien McKalin | Dec 07, 2012 12:40 PM EST

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Microsoft FUSE Labs finally opened its brand new Social Network, So.cl, to the public. So.cl first came into the spotlight a few months ago as a Public Beta, but now it has graduated and is ready for prime time.

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Microsoft's So.cl is a different take on Social Networking, it is a very different experience from what one would get from the likes of Facebook or Google+, something that has innovation written all over it.

New features in So.cl according to a FUSE Labs blog post

  •  Posts. Viewing the rapid feed on Socl is faster and, well, just better. The home screen is all about the beautiful posts you create (often in just seconds, using the new post creator!). You can choose to see the posts two-columned or three, so it's less likely you'll miss out on anything. And now you can see the posts even if you are not signed in or are new to Socl.
  •  Interests. The crowd-sourced interest gallery is more discoverable, helping you socialize with like-minded people over topics you care about.
  •  People/Me. People finding and following can be done via posts, the new people gallery, or from a person's page. Everyone on Socl has an updated page where profile information, posts, interests, people and parties can be viewed together in one place. Check out your "me page" today, or if you're new to Socl, sign in and we'll create a page for you.
  •  Parties. Create a playlist and watch videos with others in Socl, and chat together as you watch.

Fort those who are users of SkyDrive, the option to share pictures from your SkyDrive account to So.cl is available; however, it is not intuitive since it is not yet possible to click on a So.cl share button.

We'll give a full review of So.cl in the coming days for everyone to see how it stacks up to Social Networks already available.

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