Need Secure Content?

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When we launched our search engine for the first time in 2005, we knew we’d be doing a bunch of catch-up. One thing customers really wanted from us that Google and Yahoo! had was HTTPS search – that is, the ability to expose non-secure areas of Web sites which were largely secure.  FirstGov.gov and sicher-im-netz.de (a campaign for secure internet usage in Germany) lead the way in requesting this feature. Once…
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Coldwell Banker Bain – Solution Highlight

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Another residential real estate broker has launched a new VE powered site. Coldwell Banker Bain, a popular North West realtor, has launched an interactive home search which you can find linked from their home page. It looks like the real estate bar has been raised with large numbers of commercial and residential real estate providers moving to Virtual Earth, including: Zillow, Fidelity’s FNIS, John L Scott, RE3W, LoopNet, MRIS, and…
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Coming soon: Windows Live Search now inside Windows Live Messenger

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Very soon, we will release a feature of Windows Live Search built into Windows Live Messenger that we think will help you while chatting with your friends. Tell us what you think! You can try this new Search feature from the activities menu of conversation window, it includes our three most popular scoped search features – Web, News and Images. These scoped results are based on Windows Live Search, so you…
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MSDN Using MSN to Build Customer Satisfaction

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On April 18th, MSDN launched site-wide its first effort in improving the customer search experience by building a targeted UI that is powered by the MSN SOAP API.  This allowed us to offer our customers the following benefits: ·         Improved Performance ·         Content Relevance – Benefit from ever-improving MSN Search ·         Community Searches across MSDN blogs, Forums, and CodeZone Partner Sites ·         Customer Feedback opportunities through MSDN Search Blog, and MSN Search Feedback…
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Live for answers

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We’re getting a ton of great feedback on Windows Live Search.  One of the most common requests is to build the instant answers already available on MSN Search.  We hear you and are working hard to get them all in.  In fact, we just recently launched our first batch – instant answers for news and local!   The news instant answer will appear on searches for topical news stories.  Keywords…
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Check out the new Active Search for Windows Live Mail Desktop!

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(Betsynote:Yes, I know it’s a mouthful of a label! But it’s pretty cool!) Our friends over on the Mail Desktop team have been experimenting with ways to bring search right into a user’s inbox experience. Imagine you’ve received an email about the Arlo Guthrie show coming up later this summer…Live Mail Desktop’s Active Search would present search results about this show, as well as sponsored links offering perhaps a chance…
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Going Places: Accelerating Search in Academic Research

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We on the Search team want to congratulate the 12 winners of the Microsoft Live Labs “Accelerating Search in Academic Research” Awards. Researchers from 36 countries submitted proposals for research to advance the field of search.  The 12 winners will receive grant money from Microsoft Live Labs and access to a set of MSN Search query logs in order to push forward our understanding of the Internet, search, and online…
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Live Local – What’s REALLY New

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The Live Local team shipped a major update this week with a bunch of new unique features. Coverage in blogs and other online sites has been really positive, but they all seem to focus on the same couple of features. We wanted to spotlight some of the other goodies that are often overlooked, while also providing tips for the big ticket features that might not be obvious. International Coverage Until…
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Virtual Earth Map Control v3 – Great new features!

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We are happy to announce the availability of version 3 of the Virtual Earth Map Control.  This exciting new control comes with dozens of enhancements, including new features not available in any of the previous versions, simpler integration, better compatibility, and much much more. New Features Like using maps, aerial imagery, and bird’s eye? Then you’ll love doing it with support for : Place/Address lookups (Geocoding) – With a simple…
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Opting Out of Open Directory Listings for Webmasters

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Here in Search, we are always interested in hearing about ways to improve the search experience. And, along with Danny Sullivan and Dave Winer, customers have let us know that they wanted us to change how we used Open Directory descriptions in search results. So… we did! Just to give some background, the Open Directory Project at dmoz.org is a repository of millions of human-edited descriptions. Even though these human-edited…
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