As expected, Microsoft launched Windows Live Academic Search last night. Yes, it’s labeled as a beta, but what self respecting Web 2.0 offering isn’t these days? Todd Bishop has more at the Seattle P-I:
Microsoft Corp. is courting researchers and other academics with a specialized Web search service, its latest effort to catch up to market leader Google.
Windows Live Academic Search was launched in preliminary form Tuesday night. It lets researchers search the contents of academic journals to find abstracts and, if they subscribe to the journals, get the documents from the publishers’ sites.
The service, which for now focuses on computer science, electrical engineering and physics, includes tools for researchers, such as the ability to quickly extract information for citations. But it’s also open to the public, and some library systems give patrons access to the journals included in the index.
It’s another example of Microsoft following Google into a segment of the search market. The search leader already has a similar service called Google Scholar.
Windows Live Academic Search service won’t include paid advertisements, and Microsoft isn’t planning to make money directly from the service, said Microsoft’s Danielle Tiedt, general manager for Windows Live Premium Search.
The press release is here.