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August 29, 2006

Windows Live QnA beta goes public and Live Alerts goes live

Posted by David Hunter at 8:12 PM ET.

Betty Aoki at The Windows Live QnA blog has the news:

It’s with great pleasure, a lot of late nights, and barrels of caffeine, that our team launches the public Windows Live QnA beta.

For all you thousands of beta testers who took a chance on us, nagged us, mocked us, and made us better – we thank you. Keep doing it. Enjoy.

Hit the link for some tips on usage and go to for the real thing. Marshall Kirkpatrick has some thoughts on the increasing ubiquity of question and answer services at Techcrunch.

As for Alerts, Chris at LiveSide reports:

The MSN Alerts service has now been migrated over to Windows Live, and is available from

The link didn’t work work for me at first, but now does, so it’s likely just rolling out. Alerts is a service that sends news alerts to users via IM, email, or to a mobile phone. Also for the bottom line, the home page has a large tower graphical ad in the right sidebar.

Filed under Advertising, Beta and CTP, General Business, Microsoft, Online Services, Windows Live, Windows Live Alerts, Windows Live QnA

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2 Responses to “Windows Live QnA beta goes public and Live Alerts goes live”

  1. Google Answers folds -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] I mentioned the August Windows Live QnA launch here. In terms of traffic, QnA clearly has their work cut out for them since according to the latest Hitwise numbers shown by Sullivan, QnA has less than half the traffic of Google Answers which has only about 4% the traffic of Yahoo Answers. As for Google, maybe they’re learning when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em. Filed under Coopetition, Google, Yahoo, Windows Live, Microsoft, Windows Live QnA [...]

  2. Microsoft pulls the plug on QnA | Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Microsoft beta launched their Web "answers" site as Windows Live QnA in August 2006 and it never made it out of beta – MSN QnA will be closing May 21, 2009. We are ending the QnA beta test and are closing the QnA site on May 21, 2009. [...]

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