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September 11, 2006

Microsoft launches Windows Live Search

Posted by David Hunter at 7:12 PM ET.

Market Watch says Windows Live Search has already launched:

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 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 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 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 and, 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.

Filed under Live Search, Live Search Maps, MSN, MSN Search, Microsoft, Windows Live

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    [...] If Microsoft is ever to get out of 3rd place in Web search behind Google and Yahoo they are going to have to do something different. One of the cards they plan to play is an investment in improved search technologies and while there were some on display when Windows Live Search launched last week, it looks like there’s another one up their sleeve – faceted search. Paula J. Hane at Information Today: Last week, Microsoft announced a major upgrade to the new search engine it has been testing since March. It has moved its Windows Live Search and out of beta status and said that Live Search will power the search capability on MSN, the company’s news and entertainment portal. A new feature is the Related Search function, which is designed to help users refine a query by simply clicking on a list of related terms. The unusually low-key and minimalist press announcement generated little excitement. After some poking around, Information Today, Inc. learned from search expert Stephen E. Arnold that Microsoft has even more potent technology ready to deploy. [...]

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