What's new from Microsoft Research's Social Computing Group

Bernard Moon writes on Microsoft Research’s Social Computing Group:

There’s a lot brewing in Microsoft’s Social Computing Group—including a new paradigm for email and a social networking environment that could ‘Wallop’ the competition. “

I’ve been waiting impatiently for Microsoft to make some more significant moves in the social software space. There are plenty of companies which could be bought for a nominal amount of cash. Numerous companies in this space (e.g., Bloglines—-oops, they’ve already been bought by AskJeeves) could be available for a not-too-large price.