Check out the new Active Search for Windows Live Mail Desktop!

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(Betsynote:Yes, I know it’s a mouthful of a label! But it’s pretty cool!) Our friends over on the Mail Desktop team have been experimenting with ways to bring search right into a user’s inbox experience. Imagine you’ve received an email about the Arlo Guthrie show coming up later this summer…Live Mail Desktop’s Active Search would present search results about this show, as well as sponsored links offering perhaps a chance…
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Going Places: Accelerating Search in Academic Research

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We on the Search team want to congratulate the 12 winners of the Microsoft Live Labs “Accelerating Search in Academic Research” Awards. Researchers from 36 countries submitted proposals for research to advance the field of search.  The 12 winners will receive grant money from Microsoft Live Labs and access to a set of MSN Search query logs in order to push forward our understanding of the Internet, search, and online…
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Live Local – What’s REALLY New

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The Live Local team shipped a major update this week with a bunch of new unique features. Coverage in blogs and other online sites has been really positive, but they all seem to focus on the same couple of features. We wanted to spotlight some of the other goodies that are often overlooked, while also providing tips for the big ticket features that might not be obvious. International Coverage Until…
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Opting Out of Open Directory Listings for Webmasters

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Here in Search, we are always interested in hearing about ways to improve the search experience. And, along with Danny Sullivan and Dave Winer, customers have let us know that they wanted us to change how we used Open Directory descriptions in search results. So… we did! Just to give some background, the Open Directory Project at dmoz.org is a repository of millions of human-edited descriptions. Even though these human-edited…
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MSNBC.com News Search

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On April 19th we released a new version of site search for MSNBC.com built entirely on the MSN Search platform. This is a great improvement from our previous site search solutions and one we think that people will find really useful for searching news. Take a peek at http://msnbc.msn.com and try searching for a few of the topics in the news like E3, gas prices or (my personal favorite) Britney…
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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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As you may have heard, we have been working away on a question and answer service for Windows Live Search.  Yesterday a few pages for the beta signup were posted by accident so we decided to get the word out formally and open up the beta invite page at http://ideas.live.com today. You can get a lot more detail on the QnA team blog at http://spaces.msn.com/liveqna, but here is a quick…
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Windows Live Product Search!

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Betsynote: In advance of questions – Yes, this works stuff in Firefox. Yes, I want to go shopping. We are pleased to announce the beta release of Windows Live Product Search (http://products.live.com). Product search leverages the latest research from Microsoft Research Asia to find products available on the internet for sale.  At beta, the index contains commercial offers from over 100,000 sellers, which is made possible by integrating new algorithmic…
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Shoutout to Robert Scoble and our pals at Webmaster World!

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Shoutout from our team to Robert Scoble, who is onstage at Webmaster World Wednesday morning. He will be doing a keynote panel (Morning Coffee Session with The Super Bloggers Of Search (Robert Scoble, Jeremy Zawodny, Matt Cutts ), talking about the cool macros stuff Andy Edmonds showed him last week and of course, the launch of Academic Search. You go, Robert! –Betsy Aoki  4/19 Addendum – the crew wants to send another…
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Windows Live Academic search

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We are pleased to announce the beta release of Windows Live Academic Search (http://academic.live.com).  Academic search helps users to locate information in academic journal content, and allowing them to complete their research and information gathering work more efficiently. At beta, the index focuses on journal content from the subjects of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Physics – we will be expanding the index to additional subjects soon.   Key components of…
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Find a date for the holidays

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Betsy Aoki’s note: I am using this opportunity to horn in on a blog post with an intriguing subject line and announce my presence on the MSN Search blog. While it seems hard to fill  Brady Forrest’s shoes (because I think he’s at least a men’s size 11 and I’m a women’s size 8) , the search powers that be over here have asked me to take on the running…
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