Microsoft Popfly to hit public beta soon

Summary:Microsoft's Popfly mashup tool sounds just about ready to hit public beta. This rival to Yahoo Pipes and Google Mashup Editor could become one of Microsoft's next ad-funded services.

Microsoft's Popfly mashup tool sounds just about ready to hit public beta.

Microsoft rolled out an alpha test version of its Popfly Web-mashup tool in May -- a few months after Yahoo rolled out its own mashup editor, Yahoo Pipes. Google launched a test version of its Google Mashup Editor in May, too.

Popfly could become one of Microsoft's next ad-supported services. (Microsoft officials said this week that the company is working on a pilot of an ad-funded version of Microsoft Works, its low-end productivity suite. And it sounds like the Softies have more ad-funded services in the works, no pun intended.)

Popfly has been faring well in comparison tests against its competitors. Still no word yet on when Popfly will go "gold."

Topics: Microsoft

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Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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