TechFest: Microsoft showed two social networking projects

Microsoft showed off two social networking projects at TechFest on Tuesday that show that the company wants to do more in this area than just invest in Facebook.One project, known as Salsa, aims to use one's corporate data to piece together their social network, or at least their network of co-workers. In its current form, […]

Microsoft showed off two social networking projects at TechFest on Tuesday that show that the company wants to do more in this area than just invest in Facebook.

One project, known as Salsa, aims to use one's corporate data to piece together their social network, or at least their network of co-workers. In its current form, the software is a plug-in to Outlook that shows social networking information such as a photo and profile next to an incoming e-mail message. The program also pieces together a list of "friends" based on e-mail frequency and other data.

"When you start looking there is a surprising amount of information that gets locked in e-mail," said Shane Williams, one of the Microsoft Research team that worked on Salsa.

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