Windows Live QnA beta goes public!

In addition to the testing we’re doing you may have seen the news we launched Windows Live QnA beta this week! A link to it is also showing up in the search bar on our recent testing. For all of you still new to our question-and-answer service, we will be providing more blog posts here to help guide you through the features, but here’s a quick roundup of what you will see with the Windows Live QnA beta:   A smooth interface that...
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Windows Live Search - Testing, Testing…

We have been hard at work on Windows Live Search to create some new features that we hope our customers will love.  As anyone who works on a service knows – the only real way to know if you’re successful is to run a test, and see what people think. Well, that’s just what we’re in the process of doing. Since introducing a beta in March on Windows Live we have been experimenting with all sorts of things and now have...
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Windows Live Contacts control

Danny Thorpe, from the Windows Live Contacts team, has a good blog post about the new JScript control for integrating Windows Live Contacts into your web page.  It is a chunk of re-usable script you can embed in your page, much like the Virtual Earth Map Control, for getting access to Windows Live Contacts in your application. So, why on the Virtual Earth developer blog?  Well, a natural integration with contacts is location, and...
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Update on Windows Live Search (now inside Windows Live Messenger)

Betsynote: Joseph didn’t want to leave you hanging from his previous post about Windows Live Search being available in Windows Live Messenger...    The Web Search and News Search are available in 9 top-level markets, and Images Search is available in 3 English markets. Please enjoy it and feel free to give me your feedback. Your kindly feedback is always important and helpful. If you have more feedback than you want to give in...
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Windows Live Writer, complete with VE integration

The maps and imagery from Microsoft Virtual Earth aren’t just good for marketing, business intelligence, and vertical search, they can be an important component of telling a story. The Windows Live Writer team recognized that and has built support for putting a Virtual Earth map (as an image linked to Windows Live Local) into your blog posts as easily as you would add text or an image (they made that even easier than usual too...
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Earthly Delights: Chandu Thota's Latest

Chandu, Virtual Earth developer and author of Programming MapPoint in .NET, has an article coming int he next edition of MSDN magazine you may want to check out.  The article is available on the web now and will be one of the cover stories for the upcoming print version for September 06.
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Virtual Earth as a Marketing Tool

Lately we have focused a great deal here on Microsoft Virtual Earth as a key component of vertical search applications, from customer facing real estate sites to internally facing BI applications.  But, there is also a great deal of utility to using Virtual Earth as part of your basic marketing activities, whether in your ads or in your website as a tool for prospective customers.  Location is a key part of many (I would even venture...
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Virtual Earth Case Studies

For anyone who wants to know more about the benefits of integrating Microsoft Virtual Earth into your application, we now have a number of case studies exploring the benefits some of our customers have received from integrating the platform into their solutions.  This first set focus on one of the more prominent verticals to have adopted VE thus far, real estate, but the lessons learned will apply to any number of different...
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Customer Satisfaction Survey

Attention developers currently using or evaluating Virtual Earth Map Control or MapPoint Web Service; we’re conducting a satisfaction survey and would like you to evaluate the level and quality of services you’re receiving from Microsoft. This information will be used to identify areas where we are doing well and where we need to make improvements. This survey is being conducted by MarketTools, an independent research firm. Unless you...
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Australia in Windows Live Local and Virtual Earth

The news is out, here, there and everywhere.  Microsoft Virtual Earth and Windows Live Local are live with support for Australia. The developer features include: Geo-coding and parsing for Australian addresses Aerial imagery for major Australian cities (more coverage to come) Maps and routing for major cities and highways/freeways across the country Local search results for Australia and more… The new coverage and...
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