Microsoft "accidentally" leaks own Tulalip social network plans

Could Microsoft be about to unleash a social network platform of its own?

Ever since its debut, Google Plus has been a hot topic. Understandably a little fed up with all the limelight hogging, Microsoft appears to be readying a social service of its own, codenamed Tulalip (let's hope that's work in progress). How do we know? Well, Microsoft "accidentally" published details on its upcoming service, with the front page putting in a brief appearance on Socl.com suggesting the software giant is preparing for battle with the mighty Facebook and Google Plus.

According to the project strapline, "with Tulalip you can find what you need and share what you know easier than ever." So, it sounds like a fusion of the two is on the cards, which could be music to the ears of Google Plus users disappointed with its inability to do a search from within the Google Plus system. Facebook and Twitter log-in fields suggest Tulalip isn't going to be a heavy-duty social network in its own right, but rather a light foray into social services. Either way, it's pretty interesting stuff.

Project information was promptly removed by Microsoft, but other than a Windows Phone 7-inspired aesthetic, which suggests the service could integrate mobile-centric capabilities, there's very little else to go on; Microsoft most definitely has something in the pipeline, though. Visit the site now and you'll get a holding page that reads: "Thanks for stopping by. Socl.com is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the web. We didn’t mean to, honest.” The jury's still out on wither this was intentional or otherwise.

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