Microsoft + Facebook = A Year in the Like

Microsoft has built a little Facebook tool for you to enjoy. Just login with your Facebook account, and Microsoft will put together a beautiful timeline of your Facebook activity during the last year.
Written by Emil Protalinski, Contributor

Microsoft is always up to something with Facebook. Sometimes the software giant is partnering with the social networking giant, and others times Microsoft is mocking Facebook. Today's news is a new website from Redmond for a new project called "A Year in the Like."

To use it, you have to login with Facebook. Once you do, it will compile all your Facebook data over the last year and present with you a timeline (not to be confused with the Facebook Timeline) of chosen comments and events that occurred over the last 12 months.

You can customize any of the content the Microsoft webpage choose. Frankly, it looks much better than the Timeline that Facebook is going to force everyone to upgrade to later this year. Then again, you could argue that it's nowhere near as practical.

The tool also gives you the option to "Make a Movie" based on your timeline events during the past year. It either picks the events itself, or lets you pick them by hand, and then stitches them together to make a single video clip (warning: this takes a while). Of course, we've seen this before: Facebook launches Timeline Movie Maker.

In October 2007, Microsoft bought a 1.6 percent stake in Facebook for about $240 million, giving Facebook a valuation of $15 billion. Ever since then, the two companies have been best friends and have worked together on many different products, although now it's just mainly Bing (see links below). Microsoft even provided display ads for Facebook at one point, but that deal has since expired and Facebook now competes with Microsoft in the online advertising market.

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