A Peek Behind Microsofts Firewall at Wallop
Microsoft Research is looking at how to leverage blogs, RSS feeds, wikis and other social-networking tools.When Microsoft showed a prototype of software code-named "Wallop" at last months Professional Developers Conference, few attendees understood exactly what they were seeing. And the fact that Microsoft is sequestering Wallop behind a corporate firewall, allowing only a small number of researchers and their contacts to test the software, isnt helping to clarify matters. But Microsoft social computing group researcher Lili Cheng is starting to talk publicly in general terms, at least, about the companys foray into social-networking software. And Microsoft Research (MSR) is making screen shots available, showing Wallop and some of the other MSR social-computing technologies that are feeding into it.
"Weve been really interested in blogs, wikis, authoring and syndication around RSS, and social networking software in general," Cheng tells Microsoft Watch. "We were imagining how these things could combine. And Wallop is our first experiment in this space."