SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft Corp. is making a social networking play.
The Redmond, Wash., software giant said Thursday that it was adding social networking features to its latest release of its Windows Live Web services.
An investor in popular social networking site Facebook Inc., Microsoft has hundreds of millions of e-mail and instant-messaging users. But, like Yahoo, it has yet to tap the underlying social networks that connect those users.
In coming weeks, Microsoft plans to offer its users new ways to engage and share with friends online. They can assemble contact lists, set up networks of people and create news feeds that feature Twitter updates, Flickr photos, Yelp reviews and other popular online activities.