Today at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Microsoft’s Lili Cheng took the stage to give a keynote presentation feature some of Microsoft’s latest social projects. Cheng heads up Microsoft’s Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Labs group, which was formed last fall to study the new social experiences that are emerging on the web.
Cheng first outlined some of the projects that have already come out of the FUSE group, including the integration of Twitter results into Bing. She then talked about Microsoft’s recently-launched Docs.com, which allows for document collaboration with Facebook friends.
Finally, Cheng showed off Spindex, a new project from FUSE. The app is only available to Web 2.0 attendees for now. The service shows you an aggregated stream of updates from your various social services, including Twitter, Bing and Facebook. Using that data, the service will generate your own personalized trending topics and a personal search engine. Information is presented in multiple columns (at first glance it reminded me a bit of Threadsy).
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