Hello Microsoft.com

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This past December we quietly made a change to the way people search on Microsoft.com –  Microsoft.com Search is now powered by MSN Search.  This was an exciting project to work on.  We were super jazzed that another team wanted to use our search technology and the Microsoft.com team was equally excited to be upgrading their search to the best Internet Search technology that Microsoft has to offer.  Not only that,…
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Search & Win with a new UI

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Earlier this week we launched MSN Search and Win. It’s a contest that will be running through April and you have the opportunity to win some pretty great prizes. I like it because it’s easy. As you search on our main site (or through the flash interface) you have the ability to win prizes. If you’re not interested in the prizes then you can ignore the ads.Why are we doing…
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Who won that medal?

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When you look at all the data about all the Olympics, as we did to add 350,000 facts about the Olympics to MSN Search, there are plenty of surprises. Sports you never heard of, countries that don’t exist, and an intricacy that defies easy understanding are all waiting for the Olympics data explorer. Architecture, town planning, painting, music, and sculpture all had Olympic medals once upon a time. The U.S….
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Firefox Support: Something to Experiment With

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As many of you have pointed out to me, the v2 control does not support firefox as well as the Windows Live Local site does.  There is actually a wedge you can put in place to fix most of these issues, but it is not officially part of the SDK today. To use the wedge, add the following line to your html as the first line in the body element: <![if !IE]><script src=”http://local.live.com/JS/AtlasCompat.js”></script><![endif]> …
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Virtual Earth and AJAX Tutorial

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Steve over on MSN Spaces, one of product PMs who blogs all things Windows Live Local and Virtual Earth, has added some developer information to his stash of normally end user oriented stuff.  He wrote a great 3 part tutorial on AJAX and VE dev.  Here is his description of the three parts: Part 1 – Basic mapping application built with the Virtual Earth Control. Pan and zoom with the onscreen…
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A little fun with a little office

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We like shipping. We work hard to ship good products. In fact, we’re probably working hard right now, as you are reading this, towards shipping something we hope is exceptional. But sometimes we need a break. Hugh Williams, a Search dev lead, took a break in January. After moving across the Pacific Ocean, building a team, and doing a heck of a lot of other great stuff, he flew back…
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Live Labs & Search labs

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Live Labs is live!  Live Labs is a joint venture between MSN and MSR that is chartered to create new research opportunities, new prototypes, and new academic funding for internet research.  Search Labs is a companion organization building innovative new products, and with a presence in Silicon Valley as well. The labs will be headed by Gary Flake who joined us from Yahoo, and Ashok Chandra who was at IBM…
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Privacy and MSN Search

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There’s been quite a frenzy of speculation over the past 24 hours regarding the request by the government for some data in relation to a child online protection lawsuit.  Obviously both privacy and child protection are both super important topics – so I’m glad this discussion is happening. Some facts have been reported, but mostly I’ve seen a ton of speculation reported as facts.   I wanted to use this blog…
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Old Virtual Earth Tile Servers Going Away February 12th

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When we transitioned to Windows Live Local we implemented new servers for the tiles for vector, ortho, and other imagery sources.  This new setup is more scalable and better acommodates the kinds of traffic we need to handle for our own site and for our commercial customers and mashup builders.  Until now, we have kept the old tile servers running to keep our v1 mashups running.  But, alas, the time is approaching…
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Chandu’s Book

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The blog took a break for the holidays, but I (Alex Daley) am back and will be posting more regularly again.  While we were off, Chandu Thota‘s book, Programming MapPoint in .NET was published. It is a great book for programmer’s interested in doing location and mapping solutions and covers MapPoint, the MapPoint Web Service, and even has a chapter on the Virtual Earth Map Control. Programming MapPoint in .NET  is available for…
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