Packing a Wallop? Here are some Wallop screen shots that have been floated. People are speculating on what the heck Wallop really is. I've even seen quasi-nervous comments from the blog community about how Microsoft was going to embrace and extend our little corner of the internet.
I don't buy it.
First of all, Wallop is a project from Microsoft Research, not (yet) part of any product. It takes Microsoft quite a while to get a product out, and never unless there's a proven, relatively obvious and near term revenue opportunity. Also, I suspect that the association with social technology, wikis and blogs is a late addition to a project that had been going on for a while. In other words, in a neat reversal, Microsoft Research seems to be trying to get some of Blogs 'cool' mojo to rub off on one of their projects.