Windows Live Local: Location Finder & Your Privacy

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A few days ago, Mike Liebhold on Geowanking expressed concern over privacy of personal information in the context of the “Locate Me” feature in Windows Live Local. This has been discussed further on BoingBoing and O’Reilly’s Radar; so we thought of adding some clarity on what goes on behind the scenes in this application and with your information. When you visit the Windows Live Local and hit “Locate Me”, Location…
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v1 Applications not Referencing ‘dev.virtualearth.net’ are not Working

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Just quick but important reminder note: Now that Windows Live Local has launched, if you are referencing the v1 of the standard control on the old URL: http://virtualearth.msn.com/js/MapControl.js You should update this to http://dev.virtualearth.net/standard/v1/MapControl.js This will keep your application working until you are able to transition to v2. See the original post for details. Alex DaleyTechnical Evangelist

v2 Change: onMouseClick -> onclick

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We will be posting a number of resources here and on MSDN to assist with migration ot the v2 Virtual Earth controls.   This post is the first of a number we have planned highlighting notable changes in the control and providing guidance on updating code.   One minor change to make note of when migrating to the v2 Standard Control is that the “onmouseclick” event is now the “onclick” event.  In the…
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Windows Live Local is here!

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When we launched the initial beta of Virtual Earth in the summer, we talked about how we are set to create an immersive experience in local search and mapping. During the last couple of months, we got great deal of feedback from you suggesting new features and sending us bugs – so thank you for your support! Now, we are back with new and exciting features (and don’t just take…
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Windows Live Local powered by Virtual Earth!!

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Update 1:  The Virtual Earth Standard Control SDK is avilable on MSDN: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=4304174 The news is out: the MSN Virtual Earth site is now called Windows Live Local.  Check it out: http://local.live.com The reviews so far have been great, and it is excellent to see such a positive response from our customers.  It was from all of your excellent feedback from the first beta that we were able to build this next…
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MSN Search at Chicago SES

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Danny is holding the last Search Engine Strategies conference of the year in Chicago this week. We’ll be there to answer questions and discuss our products. You can see some of my teammates at the following talks: Tuesday, December 6th (today!)4:30 PM: the Search Ad Vendors – Doug Stotland, Group Product Manager Wednesday, December 7th2:00pm – 3:30pm: Search Engine Q&A on Links – Ramez Naam, Group Program Manager, MSN Search (Continental…
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Two Weeks of MSN on MSDN

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Over the next two weeks MSN will be offering developer webcasts on MSDN. These will be hands-on classes taught by the developers and PMs who built our APIs. Here’s the schedule: MSDN Webcast: The MSN Search Toolbar: Building Windows Desktop Search into Your Applications (Level 200)Monday, December 5, 20051:00 P.M.–2:00 P.M. Pacific Time MSDN Webcast: Extending Start.com Using Startlets (Level 200)Wednesday, December 7, 20051:00 P.M.–2:00 P.M. Pacific Time MSDN Webcast:…
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Shop anytime – we’re open late

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Around this time of year, we see a big jump in the number of shopping related searches.  More and more people are using a web search engine to kick off the shopping process, and we are always trying to improve the experience.  To help you find what you’re looking for faster, we recently introduced v1 of our Shopping Instant Answer.  This is perfect for those of you that shop in…
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Come Visit the MSN Search Team

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A little over a year ago we began inviting groups of academics, bloggers, siteowners, and technologists out to Redmond to talk about search. We call them Search Champs. We usually select this group based on who we are reading and we think would provide us great insight. We spend a couple of days with the group showing them our future plans, getting their input and making connections. Every time we hold…
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Windows Desktop Search for the Enterprise

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Today at the IT Forum in Barcelona, the latest version of Windows Desktop Search (WDS) and MSN Search Toolbar, both enabled for easy enterprise deployment, will say “Hola!” to the world! With this new release, enterprise IT departments can easily and securely deploy, customize and manage Windows Desktop Search across their entire PC network (both Windows XP and Widnows 2000 SP4+). Not only is WDS free to deploy with your…
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