updated 10:39 am EST, Tue December 10, 2013
Microsoft-created social network gets its own mobile apps
Microsoft's own work-in-progress social network now has its own mobile apps, something the other large social networking sites have already implemented. Apps for Socl, the site opened for testing by Microsoft's Future Social Experiences Labs (FuSE Labs) this time last year, are now available to download on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
The apps, spotted by WMPowerUser, all effectively provide the same set of features. Just as with the desktop version, the mobile apps allow users to make or collate collages that can be shared on Socl itself as well as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest. Users can create visual responses, called "riffs" to existing content, upload images from their devices to the service, meet other users, and receive notifications from individual communities.
While Microsoft Research has not yet revealed how many people are using Socl, app store review counts and Google Play's install range could give an indication to its overall user base in the coming months. The apps themselves are also likely to give the social network a total user count boost, just as mobile apps for other sites have done in the past.