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Microsoft confirms it is shutting down its Socl network

by Killian Bell | March 8, 2017March 8, 2017 4:00 am PDT

Remember Microsoft’s Socl network? I’m guessing most of you don’t. The experimental community was launched over four years ago with a focus on design and “beautiful posts,” but it hasn’t exactly been a big success. As a result, Microsoft has decided to close it down next week.

Developed by the FUSE research group, Socl was initially available to a select group of beta users. Microsoft opened it up to anyone with a Facebook or Microsoft account in December 2012, then introduced Socl apps for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone a year later. But the network never enjoyed the kind of hype rivals like Facebook and Twitter have received.

Just over four years on, Microsoft has confirmed it is giving up on the service. Socl will close on Wednesday, March 15, allowing fans just one week to say goodbye.

“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,” reads a post on the FUSE Labs blog.

“From the very beginning, we’ve been amazed by your creativity, openness, and positivity. Thank you so very much for sharing your inspirations with us.”

Microsoft doesn’t mention if there will be a way for users to save any of their Socl data before the site closes, but given the network’s limited use, the company will likely feel that users won’t miss any of their posts too much, and will just take the site down when the time comes.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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