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March 7, 2006

Microsoft launches new Live Search beta, more

Posted by David Hunter at 9:53 PM ET.

Press release:

Today at the O’Reilly Emerging Technologies Conference, Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of Windows Live™ Search beta, designed to help people simply find the information on the Web that matters most to them. The new search service offers a new innovative design with rich viewing and organizational tools, extensive search categories such as image and local search, and services that help people customize results. Other core technologies that complement Windows Live Search, including an updated version of and a Windows Live Toolbar beta, were also released today. These services are now available in the U.S. and in select international markets in which feature availability will vary.

Windows Live Search delivers the results users are looking for via a unique design with advanced tools for helping people quickly find, view, organize and preview search results. Through new features such as search preview, scoping tools, a search slider bar that increases the level of result information on the results page, and smart scrolling that enables people to view search results without moving from page to page, Windows Live Search delivers enhanced control over the search experience. Through simple precision tools, people can search within the context of the task they are performing and ultimately get their answer fast.

The new Windows Live Toolbar offers people the ability to search from any Web page using Windows Live Search while helping them easily save, organize and share the information that they find online. Advanced protection against phishing and pop-up blocking also help people browse more safely while they search. Additional features of the beta include RSS detection and automatic aggregation to a person’s personalized home page, capability for effortless customization so people can choose and arrange only the buttons they want, and tabbed browsing for quicker Web surfing. The Windows Live Toolbar includes technology from Onfolio Inc., which enables customers to save, collect and share any part or the full Web page of the information they discover while searching the Web., the fast, customizable home page for Windows Live, also released a significant upgrade today, including a new design and features that help users quickly customize their home page, preview content, create multiple pages based on their interests, and add their favorite content from millions of information sources and RSS feeds.

There’s more by following the link. All of this, and particularly the spiffy new Live Search UI, will require some tire kicking to assess the value, but Microsoft is clearly putting some serious thought into these offerings. This is also the beginning of the end for MSN Search and the MSN Toolbar which these Live versions will eventually replace. The Onfolio acquisition is mentioned in the immediately previous post.

Filed under Beta and CTP, Live Search, MSN, MSN Search, MSN Toolbar, Windows Live, Windows Live Toolbar

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2 Responses to “Microsoft launches new Live Search beta, more”

  1. Microsoft News Tracker » Microsoft acquires Onfolio Says:

    [...] Update: A partial retraction of the above. The announcement of the Windows Live Toolbar makes it seem that the RSS reader is going to be web based and not a Windows client application like today’s Onfolio. This is going to require some hands-on testing to sort out, but not every application should be Web based. I guess I have a personal interest in Microsoft making the right choice in this case. Filed under Acquisitions, Technologies, Beta and CTP, RSS and Atom, Windows Live, Windows Live Toolbar Listen to this article   [Permalink] [...]

  2. Microsoft News Tracker » Beta Windows Live Favorites gets an update too Says:

    [...] Overshadowed by all the hoopla late yesterday over the new betas for Windows Live Search and the new Windows Live Toolbar, the Windows Live Favorites beta also got a refresh featuring better integration with the MSN Toolbar. Yes, the MSN Toolbar. Are there too many duplicate Microsoft online products and betas yet? Filed under MSN, Beta and CTP, MSN Toolbar, Windows Live, Windows Live Favorites Listen to this article   [Permalink] [...]

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