Get Immersed (in Search) at TechFest 2009


Today hundreds of researchers from Microsoft’s worldwide labs in China, England, India, and the United States will gather in Redmond to exchange ideas with colleagues, show off their latest projects, and provide a glimpse into the future of computing. There are some pretty cool search technologies being shown that we wanted to give some love to here on the Live Search team blog.


GeoLife 2.0: A Location-Based Social Network
GeoLife is a GPS-data-driven social network on Microsoft Virtual Earth. It is not only a Website where individuals can manage, visualize, and understand their life experience using their own GPS trajectories; it’s also a social networking service that enables people to build connections with each other based on location histories.


Opinion Search
The Opinion Index in Live Search today is built off of research started in this project. The current project takes that work to the next level, collecting, storing, and organizing opinion data such as user reviews of computers, electronics, software, video games, restaurants, and hotels. That information will ultimately be used to help searchers more easily make informed purchase decisions.


Renlifang: Web-Scale Entity Summarization
Currently, information about a single entity (such as a person or a product) might appear on thousands of Web pages. Renlifang is a web-mining summarization system that extracts information about particular entities from billions of Web pages, reducing the number of pages a user has to comb through to find the information they are looking for.


Color-Structured Image Search
Color-Structure Image Search is a new image search interface that uses rough color layouts to indicate users’ intent (instead of using keywords only). This approach helps users find images that can be roughly described by color spatial distribution. For example, you may want images of a tiger on a sunny day, under a blue sky. If you search with the term “tiger,” it is difficult to find this type of image in the first few pages. If you expand your search term to “tiger sky,” it is even more difficult to find tiger-related images. With Color-Structured Image Search, we’re able to re-rank search results for the query “tiger” to include tiger-related images with “blue” color at the top of the search results.


Check out the Microsoft Research TechFest 2009 homepage for more information including video clips and demos of some of the most innovative work from our research labs around the world.

Harry Shum, Corporate Vice President of Search Development, Live Search


Join the conversation

  1. Anonymous

    Hi Live Search Team,

    Sorry for posting in the wrong place – I simply didn’t find the right one. I suspect you’re just the person to ask.

    1. Most of the sites are well indexed in Google & Yahoo because of their proper Link Navigation/Flow but not in, why Live Search is not indexing most of the pages (in-depth) in Web? And what we want to do for crawling an entire site?

    2. How frequent you crawling the Web? And what we need to do for frequent crawling?

    3. Now a day Google is the highest Search volume occupied in India and International level, when will be occupy the highest search volume and what is your further planning for this?

    4. What are all the Tools which you would like to offer for Webmasters / SEO’s for site and overall analysis like Google Analytics, Google Suggest, Google Trends, Google Keywords tool and etc?

    5. We hope that and is the same technology? Is this true or any other difference between and Algorithm or Technology-wise?

    6. We understand that there are two reasons for less traffics from as follows

    a. Less search volume occurred because of user ratio

    b. Less number of pages index for overall web

    What is your solution for these questions?

  2. rickdej


    Thanks for your question.  We have a whole community dedicated to the questions you asked here.  Which are good questions!  You can read our blog, check out our forums and even sign into to our webmaster tools at


    Jeremiah Andrick

  3. Anonymous

    Thank you for the article. Very helpful!

  4. Anonymous

    I am pretty much excited for location based searching. It will be so cool.

  5. Anonymous

    I am pretty much excited for location based searching. It will be so cool.

  6. Anonymous

    GeoLife en Renlifang …. that’s really innovative. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  7. Anonymous

    Really a great information. its cool to know this.

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