Social software here to stay

Wondering if social software will be around in the future or if it’s just a fad? According to this eWeek article there are indications that Microsoft’s next-generation OS, Longhorn, may have support for social software built right in.

Social-networking technologies, including blogs, Wikis, and RSS, are likely to
play a key part in the Longhorn "Aero" interface, based on a recent
reorganization at Microsoft Corp.

In late April, the Redmond, Wash., software developer quietly reassigned Lili
Cheng, group manager of Microsoft Research’s social-computing group, to the
Windows Shell interface team.

Hmm. I guess maybe they realize that the killer app for digital devices and networks always has been and always will be putting people in touch with each other and enabling them to do things together.