Live Search Books: Now with In-Copyright Content

Today we’re delighted to announce the availability of in-copyright book content in the Beta version of Live Search Books! For hundreds of years books have been the repositories for the world’s most trusted, authoritative knowledge. But until recently, books have been invisible to the world’s search engines. Change is afoot! Starting today, you’ll find search query results from in-copyright books in Live Search Books. The...
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Search is a Love Problem

I first had the idea for this post a few years ago, when Google’s April Fool’s Day prank was to define love as a search problem and talked about how Google Romance was going to find you the person of your dreams.   We wish! (Although, at one time it DID work for Rory). But anyway, it got me thinking about Search and Community, and now that I’ve been on the Live Search team for a year I have more I can say.   So...
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Discovering Sitemaps

When we first teamed up with Google and Yahoo to support sitemaps as an industry standard, it was with the express intention of driving the protocol forward.  Making it into a simple, effective way to tell all search engines about the structure of your site.   Today, I’m happy to announce the latest addition to the protocol: Sitemap Autodiscovery.  Autodiscovery gives siteowners the ability to easily share their sitemaps...
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Live Search for Mobile Launches at 3GSM

Searching for Love? Or Just Love to Search? On the bus home from work, Jim realizes it’s Valentine’s Day and he hasn’t prepared any dinner plans with his wife Katie! Instead of panicking, he pulls out his Windows Mobile device and opens Live Search for mobile. He navigates the Categories list to Restaurants, then Ethnic Restaurants until he finds Italian Restaurants, Katie’s favorite food.       He...
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The Top of Live Search for 2006

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 of the Top 10 searches for this year, we became curious about which queries...
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Microsoft, Google, Yahoo! Unite to Support Sitemaps

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 on this?  Because by...
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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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