Microsoft's Socl network launches iOS, Android and Windows Phone apps

There's Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and even MySpace, but it's likely that most people have never heard of the social networking service called, well, Socl. Microsoft Research, under its FUSE Labs division, quietly launched the network over two years ago under its original name Tulalip, and officially revealed its plans in December 2011 under its current name.

Up until this week, people who signed up for Socl could only access it via a web browser but now Microsoft has launched mobile apps for the network. Microsoft has only posted word on the Windows Phone app on its blog, but WMPoweruser has also spotted iOS and Android apps that are now available to download.

All three apps not only allow Socl users to connect with each other but they are also designed to let them create picture collages and animated memes that can be shared on the network as well as other places. The fact that there are now apps for all three of the top mobile operating systems for Socl would seem to suggest that Microsoft Research wants to expand the reach of the network. It will be interesting to see if Socl will become more popular in the months ahead. By the way, Microsoft has never revealed how many people have signed up to use Socl.

Source: Windows Phone Store, App Store and Google Play via WMPoweruser | Image via Microsoft

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I really don't know what Microsoft is smoking, whatever that is its a good material. I have heard marijuana is legal in state of Washington but didn't know Microsoft high level executives into it.

I don't really care about the specifics but Facebook does need to be dethroned. We need only one social network at a time but social networking industry needs a shakeup every few years.

Spicoli said,
Why?

I think we'd all agree that it's best to have one social network where everyone we know is at. But with that comes a sort of acceptable monopoly and Facebook has too much power over our information and how we see news. It makes sense to me that there should be a shake up every once in a while for the consumer's sake.

This morning I was actually thinking we needed a new social network. You know one where no one I know is on /s

Rudy said,
This morning I was actually thinking we needed a new social network. You know one where no one I know is on /s

Microsoft should convert all Microsoft+Xbox+Skype accounts into Socl profiles and done!
(Like that certain other company)

BajiRav said,

Microsoft should convert all Microsoft+Xbox+Skype accounts into Socl profiles and done!
(Like that certain other company)

Bu unlike that certain other company not force its users to use the social network in everything from email to commenting on videos.

BajiRav said,

Microsoft should convert all Microsoft+Xbox+Skype accounts into Socl profiles and done!
(Like that certain other company)

oh please we don't want another google+. I hate that ****. it constantly bothers you.

BajiRav said,

Microsoft should convert all Microsoft+Xbox+Skype accounts into Socl profiles and done!
(Like that certain other company)

ians18 said,

Bu unlike that certain other company not force its users to use the social network in everything from email to commenting on videos.

LOL ... scroogle quote