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Windows Live Search goes liveInternet
dave submitted a link to a CNN article about Microsoft debuting its new Windows Live Search today. Check it out here at live.com.
In its latest bid to catch up with rivals Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. is launching a revamped Internet search engine it says will help computer users find information faster, view it more easily and organize it better.

Debuting in test form Wednesday, Windows Live Search is Microsoft's latest move in a major strategy shift that has the world's largest software company focusing more heavily on Internet-based software and services.

Windows Live Search will power queries on live.com, Microsoft's Windows Live Web site, beginning Wednesday. Once the technology has been fully tested, Windows Live Search will replace the existing search engine that powers MSN.com.
The most interesting part of this is the comment here:
"A lot of people think, 'Hey, ... Didn't Google become the popular search engine? And don't they just do a great job? And there's no room for improvement."' Mehdi said. Once people get a feel for Windows Live Search, Mehdi said, "They're going to say, 'Holy cow, I had no idea that search could get this much better!"'

The new search engine includes features such as support for tabbed Web browsing, which lets people keep several search panes open in a single window. Microsoft said other features will include:
  • A search slider bar that offers previews of data in various forms, perhaps just the Internet address of a Web site, or maybe a snippet of text. As the slider is adjusted, more or less information appears.
  • A "smart scroll" function that displays all search results at once rather than on separate pages.
  • Various ways to view pictures, say, as small "thumbnail" shots or full-sized images, without leaving the search page.
  • An ability for users to save their search parameters as macros that can be run to perform the same search in the future. Microsoft said people will also be able to publish their search macros so people with similar interests can use them.
Sounds pretty interesting. They do have some innovative ideas, and it's about time for someone to shake up basic search and not just build out other services. Google needs to keep an eye on this, and hopefully it gives them a kick in the pants to start shaking up the search world.

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  • [Untitled]
    Posted by: dave on Mar 8th, 2006 | 01:59pm

    This is really hard for me to say. As you were saying that their ideas were innovative, I didn't want to believe it. I love google. But live.com actually has some nice improved features. The image search is cool, allowing you to see up to 50 results at a time, althogh it doesnt give you the size of the image, so you might not know if it fits your needs. The scroll is really nice, to be able to scroll down with keeping everything on one page, but it's a little slow right now. It also has the ability to search within any site.
    Don't let me down google.


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      Posted by: niraj on Mar 8th, 2006 | 02:22pm

      Agreed on the slowness and also on the "it's really hard to say" part. It's just that nobody has greatly innovated basic search. Really I'm just hoping this gives Google a good kick in the pants to get moving on even better innovations. I don't see myself ever switching from Google. (Though I have started also using amazon's a9 service recently...it's powered by Google but I like some of their features. Plus it gets me 1.57% off of my Amazon purchases!)

      Also, I have found myself linking to this blog post more than a few times. It's just priceless: http://blog.ask.com/2006/01/what_were_worki.html


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        Posted by: dave on Mar 8th, 2006 | 02:42pm

        I don't understand the las vegas blog thing. At all.


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          Posted by: niraj on Mar 8th, 2006 | 02:47pm

          It's actually the ask jeeves blog, and the title of that post is "What we're working on this week." The content of the post is a single image of their search box. Get it? They're working on simple, basic, pure search. Not the bells and whistles. Pretty awesome.


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      Posted by: dave on Mar 8th, 2006 | 03:20pm

      In fact, I think it's pretty not awesome. Ask/Ask Jeeves sucks. And google has been working on search for quite a while:
      http://www.google.com/features.html


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      Posted by: dave on Mar 8th, 2006 | 03:59pm

      What are you working for Ask.com?
      Google can answer questions well also:
      http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Who+was+the+22nd+president%3F&btnG=Google+Search


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        Posted by: niraj on Mar 8th, 2006 | 04:25pm

        Ah, but there's no picture :)

        I was actually just saying ask stacks up to most of the search features Google has added. I'm just interested to see what Google comes up with next. No matter what happens, search is about to become a lot cooler than it's been.




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