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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Our New Webmaster Portal and an Invitation to the Private Beta

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Shortly after that day in March when we had to take the “link:” operator offline, a small team was formed in Redmond. Its singular focus: to build the next-generation set of tools, content and resources for SEO professionals and webmasters (and get “link:” back in your hands). Creatively named Webmaster Portal (we’re really good at marketing), it will be a single, friendly place to find all tools and information relating…
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Live Search @ SES San Jose

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For those of you attending the Search Engine Strategies Conference in San Jose, CA this week, drop by and check us out at one of these sessions: Search Engine Q&A On Links – Day 3 at 4:45pm (8/22)Join Eytan Seidman, Lead Program Manager for the Live Search crawler, to answer your questions about links. Meet the Crawlers – Day 4 at 10:45am (8/23)More fun with Eytan, here to answer your questions…
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Three new features in Live Search Images

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We know you love searching for people with our image search engine—we’ve worked hard to make it easy and fun. Now we’ve made it even better. Today we shipped three new features that help you find faces, portraits and black and white images. Try these links to see them in action: without the new features – jimi hendrix with new face filtering on – jimi hendrix filter:face with new portrait…
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Live Search Books: Now with In-Copyright Content

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Today we’re delighted to announce the availability of in-copyright book content in the Beta version of Live Search Books! For hundreds of years books have been the repositories for the world’s most trusted, authoritative knowledge. But until recently, books have been invisible to the world’s search engines. Change is afoot! Starting today, you’ll find search query results from in-copyright books in Live Search Books. The integration of this valuable content…
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Search is a Love Problem

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I first had the idea for this post a few years ago, when Google’s April Fool’s Day prank was to define love as a search problem and talked about how Google Romance was going to find you the person of your dreams.   We wish! (Although, at one time it DID work for Rory). But anyway, it got me thinking about Search and Community, and now that I’ve been on…
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Live Product Search: More Images, More Relevant

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The team just released changes to Live Product Search that boost customer-perceived relevance by increasing the number of query results with images.  The table below summarizes the improvement.  Why aren’t there 100% images in the top results?  The reason is largely because many sites, including very reputable merchants like Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, and AceHardwareSuperStore.com, block image crawling bots or seriously throttle them.  We will have to work with these sites to…
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Discovering Sitemaps

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When we first teamed up with Google and Yahoo to support sitemaps as an industry standard, it was with the express intention of driving the protocol forward.  Making it into a simple, effective way to tell all search engines about the structure of your site.   Today, I’m happy to announce the latest addition to the protocol: Sitemap Autodiscovery.  Autodiscovery gives siteowners the ability to easily share their sitemaps with…
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Live Search Maps Update – 3D maps for Firefox, RSS collections, reviews and more!

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Hi all,   This is no April Fool’s joke 😉  ;  the Live Search team has just released a dozen new enhancements for its Live Search Maps service available at maps.live.com!   Firefox users now have their own plug-in to use 3-D! Customers complained; we listened. Zooming around the virtual landscape is not just for Internet Explorer Users any more; users of Firefox 1.5 or later can click on the…
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