Introducing the new Windows Live Toolbar 3.0

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We’re excited to announce that Windows Live Toolbar is not only out of beta but also packed with new features to help you find precisely what you’re looking for, surf with powerful protection and personalize your experience on the Web. Since the toolbar is an add-in to the browser, these features are ubiquitously accessible from any web page. Our hope is that Windows Live Toolbar gives you a better overall…
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Grubb & Ellis Selects VE

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This might sound lately like it is becoming a real estate blog, but I just got wind of this press release from Grubb & Ellis.  The applications they have built so far are internally facing (VE is a great way to make brokers more productive, among other BI and visualization benefits), but the search on their public site is powered by the LoopNet/Microsoft Virtual Earth solution.

Microsoft Dev Day @ Inman Real Estate Connect

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Next week, at the Inman Real Estate Connect conference, where you will find Microsoft’s Virtual Earth team in presentations, our booth, and around the conference, developers may want to check out the Microsoft Developer Day.  Steve Lombardi, PM for the Map Control and Windows Live Local’s collections feature, among many other things, and Chandu Thota, Virtual Earth developer/author/blogger, will be among a great list of folks to connect with about your real…
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Expecting a Package?

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I feel like I’m always expecting packages.  In fact, I have been receiving a steady stream of packages for the last five months because my husband and I are remodeling our 1930 house we recently purchased. At first it was fun, kind of like having a birthday everyday — but then it got challenging to keep track of everything that we had ordered.  Using the package tracking features on the…
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Another year, another 99 cans of Cherry Coke

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  My name is Beau Hollis.  I’m a grad student at the University of Florida, and as of today, I’m 23 years old.  I’m a Program Manager Intern for Windows Live Search.  I help define the user experience for the Windows Live Search page.  I really love my job and my team, and of course, all the great friends I have made out here.  Speaking of my friends, they all…
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Sunny in Seattle

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Betsynote: As I type this in for Jamie, it is hot. Darn hot. Too sunny-must-go-kayak-on-the-lake-hot….This is not the Seattle I know! ———————————————————————– Around this time of year, a lot of us here in Redmond like to spend our spare time outside.  Summers are beautiful in Washington State and we frequently check the weather to help plan our next hike or boating trip on the lake.  We know a lot of…
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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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