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Microsoft ‘accidentally leaked’ its own social search tool

Microsoft says its Tulalip service was accidentally posted to the Web. (TOBIAS SCHWARZ/REUTERS)

(Ah, the glamorous life of tech bloggers.)

The service, called Tulalip, seems to be a foray into the social search space. A tag­line on the site read, “With Tulalip you can Find what you need and Share what you know easier than ever.”­

According to a report from Search Engine Land, a Microsoft spokesperson said that is “an internal design project from one of Microsoft’s research teams which was mistakenly published to the Web.”

Since the site’s discovery, Microsoft has taken down the splash page and put up this message:

“Thanks for stopping by. is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the web.We didn’t mean to, honest.”

With Google+ gaining users and praise, the company may be worrying about its social strategy. Bing is already integrated with another Google rival, Facebook, so it would be easy for Microsoft to build out its social capabilities.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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