MSN Search Outage

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First of all, we’d like to apologize for the lateness of this blog post. We know folks have been concerned about the recent outage of MSN Search, what that means for them and us, and what we are doing to address it. A lot of the team was engaged in technical matters yesterday and today is really the first chance we’ve had to catch our breath and talk more about…
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Build Your Own Search Engine

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Ever wanted to create your own search engine?  Or use a search engine that’s tailored to the specific topic you’re interested in?  Last Friday we released a new Live Search feature called Search Macros that enables you to do this! What are Search Macros?Search Macros are a feature of Live Search that make results more relevant for a given search topic.  This is done by easily using, creating and sharing…
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New Toolbar Release: Windows Live Toolbar beta available

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We have released the Windows Live Toolbar beta which adds some really cool technology from Onfolio, a company we just acquired. Onfolio grabs scraps of web pages to be shared or viewed later, which is my favorite part. Also, it allows you to collect and read feed collections via a great reader that is integrated into IE so you can read all your feeds in one place. This is a…
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What’s new with Windows Live Search?

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We’ve  launched new features designed to put the user in control, while making search tasks easier and more natural Live Search. There are a host of subtle changes that we hope just make the experience a bit more pleasant, like better description text and improved typography to make quickly scanning results easier. We’ve also tidied up the look of the page from the last version because, well, we look at…
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See you at ETech

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    This week the MSN Search, Live.com, MSN Spaces, IE and many other Microsoft teams will be attending ETech in San Diego. We’re proud to be a sponsor of this geek mecca. If you are attending be sure to stop by the booth to see our latest software, meet us, or just to say “Hi”. You can also see us talk at the following times: Simple Bridge-building Ray Ozzie Time:…
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Customer Focused … Humble … Under Promise/Over Deliver …

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Customer Focused … Humble … Under Promise/Over Deliver … These are some of the key cultural traits the Web Search team here at Microsoft tries to live by.  Boy, were we surprised to wake up yesterday to a bunch of press saying things like “Microsoft:  Give us Six Months to Beat Google” and “Microsoft: We’ll Beat Google at Its Own Game”.  What’s up with those headlines?  They were crafted from…
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Virtual Earth Team Launches Street-Side Drive-by

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The Virtual Earth team is pleased to launch a preview of a new feature we have been working on – interactive Street-side browsing. You can try it out at http://preview.local.live.com Street-side imagery allows you to drive around a city looking at the world around you as if you were in a car. But unlike the real world, you can stop your car anywhere you like and rotate your view around…
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Movie Showtimes

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We noticed that a lot of you are looking for movies currently in theaters.  To help get you the info you want faster, we recently launched an instant answer for movie showtimes! We worked with our buddies in MSN Movies to bring you current showtimes for movies near you.  You can search for movie names or the theater down the way: Movies: eight below, curious george Theaters: landmark metro cinemas…
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Hello Microsoft.com

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This past December we quietly made a change to the way people search on Microsoft.com –  Microsoft.com Search is now powered by MSN Search.  This was an exciting project to work on.  We were super jazzed that another team wanted to use our search technology and the Microsoft.com team was equally excited to be upgrading their search to the best Internet Search technology that Microsoft has to offer.  Not only that,…
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Search & Win with a new UI

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Earlier this week we launched MSN Search and Win. It’s a contest that will be running through April and you have the opportunity to win some pretty great prizes. I like it because it’s easy. As you search on our main site (or through the flash interface) you have the ability to win prizes. If you’re not interested in the prizes then you can ignore the ads.Why are we doing…
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