Microsoft Corp. late Monday said it officially launched its Live Search service, the successor to the Web-search tool on its MSN portal. The company, which had previously released Live Search in test form, said the new service is available in 47 markets globally, with users able to use its Live.com Web site for personalized Internet searches. Microsoft, of Redmond, Wash., additionally said its Live Search Local service is now available in the United States and the U.K.
Frankly, it’s hard to tell because of the ubiquitous beta logo on the live.com header and the AP says the official launch isn’t until tomorrow, but presumably it’s imminent.
Update: Press release:
Microsoft Corp. today announced the release from beta of Live Search and of Live.com in 47 markets worldwide, and final availability of Live Local Search in the U.K. and the U.S. Microsoft also announced that Live Search will now power the Web search capability on MSN®, the company’s media and entertainment portal, attracting more than 465 million unique users worldwide per month.
Additional details can be found on the Live Search and Live Local Search team blogs at http://livesearch.spaces.live.com and http://virtualearth.spaces.live.com, respectively.
At the moment, there’s zip at the blogs and MSN is still showing the old MSN Search.
Update 2: Mary Jo Foley reports that the transition from beta to final will take place gradually through the 14th.