Summarizing user reviews for computers and electronics

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Users have told us that product reviews are one of the most important research tools they use when shopping for products.  The Internet has lots of reviews, but they’re usually spread across many sites, which makes finding and reading all of them time consuming. Our team saw this as a great opportunity to help.  As alluded to in a previous post, we recently launched a new feature that finds, analyzes…
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How we learned to find zune.net

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As far as I can tell, it’s still not exceptionally well-known that the homepage for the Microsoft Zune is actually www.zune.net, and not zune.com.   You’ll find two things if you assume the latter: that there’s no page for you at that address, and until recently, if you get forwarded on to your default search engine, chances are pretty good it won’t help you figure out what went wrong.  Our result…
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Drive for show, Putt for Dough – 10 Reasons to Love the New Live Search Maps

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Software engineers tend to spend a lot more time working out at the driving range than they do the putting green. Left on our own we’d all be working on stuff like 3D Birds Eye navigation or robotic building modeling; doing a local search for a coffee shop would require first getting strapped up like this Microsoft Researcher to the right so that we could predict where you wanted to…
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“Do what I mean, not what I say!” [Part 2 of 2]

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Continuing on with our “Do what I mean, not what I say”, blog post from last time, here are some additional categories we tackled with this initiative. Equivalencies “We do really badly on the query ca chp” a coworker complained in one email.  “Ca chp?” I thought.  “What the heck does that mean?”  It turned out it was pretty simple: “ca” was short for California and “chp” was short for…
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“Do what I mean, not what I say!” [Part 1 of 2]

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Yes, that’s an odd title, let me explain.   We’ve been working on returning the very best search results for your intent, not just for the particular search terms that you happen to have chosen as a vehicle to transmit that intent.  There’s an important difference there and it’s been our focus for quite some time. For example, let’s suppose that you’ve decided to move to the state of Arizona.  You’d…
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3 New Updates to Live Search Mobile

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On Monday the 15th we also released a number of updates for our Live Search Mobile products, including: Voice input and gas prices in Live Search for Windows Mobile, A new beta for BlackBerry devices, and Improved mapping and directions in browser-based search for any mobile phone Details are below – please check them out and let us know what you think! Voice Input and Gas Prices Now in Live…
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New and improved product results in Web search

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It’s no surprise to anyone who uses the Web that shopping is one of the leading online activities.  Many people use the Internet to research their next purchase or buy products online.   We’re here to help you find the product information you care about and make informed decisions. We’ve recently launched a richer experience when searching for products—from broad categories such as digital cameras to specific products such as Nikon…
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Relevance, Relevance, Relevance!

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In building 88 on Microsoft’s main campus in Redmond, WA there is a small, but growing group of us that think about relevance constantly. We eat, live and breathe ideas and technology that makes our relevance better. Having worked on this release for a little over 9 months we could not be more excited about the relevance of our new engine.  From our metrics, and more importantly our usage as…
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Microsoft acquires Jellyfish.com

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We want to welcome some new folks to the Live Search family – we recently purchased a company called Jellyfish.com, based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Jellyfish has done some really innovative work in comparative shopping engines. We think the technology has some interesting potential applications as we continue to invest heavily in shopping and commerce as a key component of Live Search.  Stay tuned for more great stuff from our new colleagues…
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Introducing…the new Live Search

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This week we’re excited to launch a major update to Live Search that’s relevant, faster and easier to use.  Hundreds of us rolled up our sleeves and dug deep.  We pored over your feedback, analyzed the data and talked to thousands of users.  How major is this?  It’s our biggest update since our debut in January 2005. Here are just some of the areas we focused on: Relevance, relevance, relevance. …
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