Hacking the Look and Feel of the Live Search Box

We’ve just posted an article on dev.live.com that looks at a few simple hacks you can do with the Live Search Box, to change its look and feel. You can use these hacks to make the search box fit better into the design of your site. List of hacks: Applying the Windows Live styling to the basic search box Adding default text to the search box Auto-selecting the search box when the page loads Ensuring compatibility with ActiveX and other smart...
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Add Search to Your Site with the Live Search Box

(And, yes, it supports Firefox too!) Today, we’re proud to announce the launch of the Live Search Box, to bring the power of search to your Web site or blog through a cool widget. Check it out: When the user enters a query, the search box dynamically builds a floating <DIV> on your page to display the search results. You can customize the query in the first tab to search your site, your macro or anything else, while the second tab...
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Updated! - Service Notice: New Map Control - November 6, 2006

Please be advised that we will release a new version of the Virtual Earth Map Control on Monday, November 6th 2006.  We do not anticipate that this release will impact the service or uptime of the existing Virtual Earth Map Controls (http://dev.virtualearth.net/standard/v2/MapControl.js or http://dev.virtualearth.net/mapcontrol/v3/MapControl.js). With this release Virtual Earth customers should not need to take any action to ensure that...
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Cornell University joins Live Book Search

We are excited to announce that Cornell University has joined our Book Search initiative. Like all of our library scanning partnerships, the Cornell project will focus on scanning books in the public domain. Cornell and Microsoft will be teaming with Kirtas Technologies in Victor, NY to digitize the books. Kirtas uses non-destructive scanning—an obvious must for library collections!   Cornell has an impressive collection that will...
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Search Macros: LinkfromDomain

Now that Zach’s given you the user-friendly introduction to how macros work, let me take you on a tour of the gears and inner workings that we expose in our advanced syntax. These operators allow you to do some really interesting things with macros. A New Operator We have one new, very exciting operator: LinkFromDomain. Using LinkFromDomain in your search includes all sites that are linked from a given domain. This complements LinkDomain...
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SLAMming with Virtual Earth

What happens when you mix mobile, social and maps?  You get Microsoft Research’s new SLAM application, a cool new social networking application that let’s you create and communicate with groups, even viewing the members’ locations (with full privacy controls for individuals to expose their locations as they see fit) on a Virtual Earth map. If you have a WinMo mobile phone, give it a try.  All the info you need is over...
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More details on new features in v3.1

Ortho Tile Sets and MapCruncher One of the new features that we shipped in the v3.1 release of the Virtual Earth Map Control is the support for adding ortho tile sets produced using tools like MapCruncher from MSResearch. Jaya, one of the developers who works on the API, has detailed this integration with an article and example. Other Features There is also a new article on Dev.live.com highlighting some of the other new features.
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MyFox Tropical Weather

It has been a pretty slow tropical storm season in the gulf this year, but that doesn’t make any of the few storms we have seen less newsworthy.  The MyFox site we highlighted before has added a new tropical storm tracker to its list of Virtual Earth powered applications.  Give it a try.
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Map Control 3.1 Launched

Last night, the most recent version of Live Local launched.  Improvements include the ability to draw on top of the maps, highlighting favorite dog parks, cool bike trails, neighborhoods, etc.; white pages/people search, a great compliment to the business search functionality; some UI enhancements, like the ability to widen the search results pane, showing off-map results by default, and much more.  You can find more details on the...
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Live Search is Live

The best day to work on a large scale service like Live Search is the day when you launch new improvements.  By that measure, today is one of the best days our team has had in a long time J .   Some folks have had a sneak peak, but for the most part we’ve kept our new Live Search experience under wraps until the time was ripe.  Since March we’ve tested, taken your feedback, iterated, and tested some more. Our goal was...
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