Live Search SOAP API – Updated!

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We’re proud to announce that we’re taking our search API out of beta, and rebranding it the Live Search SOAP API 1.0, to reflect the search engine that is powering it.   This release provides continued enhancements to the original API, from which you submit up to 10,000 queries per day for News, Local, or general Web content. We’ve reviewed a lot of feedback from our developer’s forum and this…
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Use Live Search and We’ll Donate to Team Seattle and Ninemillion.org

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The Live Search team recently launched two new programs to help children in need, and we would love you to help us out. The good news is that all you have to do to help us is try Live Search on one of our “click for the cause” sites, and each search you do will add more money to Microsoft’s donation. The two organizations we are working with in these…
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Visit the Live Search Team at Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

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Live Search is going to have a great presence in the Microsoft booth at CES this year, and we would love for Live Search blog readers who are going to CES to stop by and talk to us. We will have program managers and product managers from the search team there all week, so it’s a great opportunity to give feedback directly to the product team, and get your questions…
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The Top of Live Search for 2006

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Live Search went live in 2006, and it has been a great year for us and our users searching the Web. With the year drawing to a close, we decided to put together lists of the top searches for 2006. These lists are the result of studying our anonymous logs for the most searched queries in all the countries and regions our users search from. After putting together the list…
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Live Search Books Beta Release

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Several new enhancements of note from the Search team: Tomorrow we’re releasing the beta version of Live Search Books (http://books.live.com). Check out the user experience: very clean! With this initial release we’ve focused on making the reading experience as natural as possible. The U.S. beta launch of Live Search Books is a big step forward in advancing the way people discover information through the integration of content that has been…
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Search on the Go with Live Search for Mobile Beta

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What’s on your wish list this holiday season? Wish you could find the closest toy store when you’re on the go? The nearest coffee shop on a cold winter day? Get news reports or traffic information on the move? Windows Live has granted those wishes and more: we’re proud to announce three new ways to search on the go: Mobile Software – Download an application to your phone for local…
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Search robots in disguise

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There are plenty of bots out there and, as a result, some conventions have arisen.  Well-behaved bots identify themselves with a unique user-agent.  They also follow the robots.txt conventions, which allow webmasters to control how their sites are crawled.   Here at Live Search, our crawlers are identified by the user-agent ‘MSNBot’.  This may seem a little non-intuitive, but many webmasters depend on this, and so we chosen not to…
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Virtual Earth 3D beta: A new dimension for mapping and Live Search

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What if mapping the world was more like a video game?   What if you could fly like Superman and figure out where to meet your friends for a good meal and which routes to avoid to beat traffic?   With Live Search maps you can find yellow pages and white pages information, get live traffic conditions and view stunning 3D and Birds Eye …just as if you were gaming…
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Microsoft, Google, Yahoo! Unite to Support Sitemaps

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Today, we are excited to announce that Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! are coming together in support of the SiteMaps protocol.  The goal of this effort is to improve search results for customers around the world.  This protocol enables site owners everywhere to tell search engines about the content on their site instead of having to rely  solely on crawl algorithms to find it. So, why are we excited to work…
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Working with Advanced Queries in the Live Search Box

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So, now that you’ve (a) provisioned a Live Search Box for your site, and (b) updated it with a cool look and feel, you are finally ready to build the search query of your dreams. Back in the old days, search boxes generally gave you two options: (1) search the whole Web or (2) search only your site. With the advanced query parameters of Live Search, you now have complete…
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