MSN Search Outage

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 it. Next time we will be more ready to blog and let you know what the word...
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Build Your Own Search Engine

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 customized sets...
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New Toolbar Release: Windows Live Toolbar beta available

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 great tool to help organize information that you find on the web. In...
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What’s new with Windows Live Search?

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 this page every day, too...
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See you at ETech

    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: Tuesday 8:40AM – 9:10AM Location: Elizabeth...
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Virtual Earth Map Control Article on XML.com

Dare Obasanjo recently posted a good article to XML.com highlighting how he built a Virtual Earth mashup for finding movies in Seattle.  It is worth a read if you are brushing up on how to bind your data to the Map Control. 
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Customer Focused … Humble … Under Promise/Over Deliver …

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? ...
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Virtual Earth Highlight: Windows Live Expo

This afternoon, Windows Live Expo was released as a public beta. It is a great classifieds site with some unique features such as scoping the posts you see to a particular area or to a group close to you like your Messenger buddy list.  Check it out: http://expo.live.com/ So, why is this on the Virtual Earth developer blog?  Well, Expo allows it’s users to map out the results of their search on a Virtual Earth map control. ...
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Virtual Earth Technology Preview: Street-side Imagery

Today, the Virtual Earth team released a new Technology Preview of street-side imagery.  Take a look: http://preview.local.live.com/ This release is not a final product, and is being released early in the development process so we can engage with the community and gather feedback on the feature concept and our implementation.  We plan to integrate a more complete version of the functionality into the Windows Live Local...
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Virtual Earth Team Launches Street-Side Drive-by

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 360degrees. Currently we have street-side imagery for...
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