Updated! – Service Notice: New Map Control – November 6, 2006

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Please be advised that we will release a new version of the Virtual Earth Map Control on Monday, November 6th 2006.  We do not anticipate that this release will impact the service or uptime of the existing Virtual Earth Map Controls (http://dev.virtualearth.net/standard/v2/MapControl.js or http://dev.virtualearth.net/mapcontrol/v3/MapControl.js). With this release Virtual Earth customers should not need to take any action to ensure that their existing Virtual Earth applications continue to function properly. However, we…
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Cornell University joins Live Book Search

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We are excited to announce that Cornell University has joined our Book Search initiative. Like all of our library scanning partnerships, the Cornell project will focus on scanning books in the public domain. Cornell and Microsoft will be teaming with Kirtas Technologies in Victor, NY to digitize the books. Kirtas uses non-destructive scanning—an obvious must for library collections!   Cornell has an impressive collection that will be of interest to researchers…
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Search Macros: LinkfromDomain

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Now that Zach’s given you the user-friendly introduction to how macros work, let me take you on a tour of the gears and inner workings that we expose in our advanced syntax. These operators allow you to do some really interesting things with macros. A New Operator We have one new, very exciting operator: LinkFromDomain. Using LinkFromDomain in your search includes all sites that are linked from a given domain….
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SLAMming with Virtual Earth

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What happens when you mix mobile, social and maps?  You get Microsoft Research’s new SLAM application, a cool new social networking application that let’s you create and communicate with groups, even viewing the members’ locations (with full privacy controls for individuals to expose their locations as they see fit) on a Virtual Earth map. If you have a WinMo mobile phone, give it a try.  All the info you need…
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More details on new features in v3.1

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Ortho Tile Sets and MapCruncher One of the new features that we shipped in the v3.1 release of the Virtual Earth Map Control is the support for adding ortho tile sets produced using tools like MapCruncher from MSResearch. Jaya, one of the developers who works on the API, has detailed this integration with an article and example. Other Features There is also a new article on Dev.live.com highlighting some of the other new features.

Map Control 3.1 Launched

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Last night, the most recent version of Live Local launched.  Improvements include the ability to draw on top of the maps, highlighting favorite dog parks, cool bike trails, neighborhoods, etc.; white pages/people search, a great compliment to the business search functionality; some UI enhancements, like the ability to widen the search results pane, showing off-map results by default, and much more.  You can find more details on the team’s Live Space….
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Live Search is Live

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The best day to work on a large scale service like Live Search is the day when you launch new improvements.  By that measure, today is one of the best days our team has had in a long time J .   Some folks have had a sneak peak, but for the most part we’ve kept our new Live Search experience under wraps until the time was ripe.  Since March…
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Windows Live QnA beta goes public!

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In addition to the testing we’re doing you may have seen the news we launched Windows Live QnA beta this week! A link to it is also showing up in the search bar on our recent testing. For all of you still new to our question-and-answer service, we will be providing more blog posts here to help guide you through the features, but here’s a quick roundup of what you…
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Windows Live Search – Testing, Testing…

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We have been hard at work on Windows Live Search to create some new features that we hope our customers will love.  As anyone who works on a service knows – the only real way to know if you’re successful is to run a test, and see what people think. Well, that’s just what we’re in the process of doing. Since introducing a beta in March on Windows Live we…
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