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May
05

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

As you may have heard, we have been working away on a question and answer service for Windows Live Search.  Yesterday a few pages for the beta signup were posted by accident so we decided to get the word out formally and open up the beta invite page at http://ideas.live.com today. You can get a lot more detail on the QnA team blog at http://spaces.msn.com/liveqna, but here is a quick summary of why we’re so excited about this service.
 
This new Windows Live Search offering will help consumers simply find what they need, from a large community of helpful and knowledgeable people. This allows consumers to tap into the power of the online community by facilitating a melting pot of human knowledge that isn’t easily accessible or available on the Internet today.          

Some key features include: 
• Providing a place for people to ask any question, get credible answers and vote on the quality of the responses on any given topic from the Windows Live QnA community. 
• People can rate answers and reputation-based scoring is available so you know which sources to follow.
• Questions are tagged so others can easily find similar or related questions and answers.
• Together we are creating a store of human knowledge containing facts, opinions and experiences on topics ranging from business, health, arts, sports, technology and more.  

Ultimately, QnA will be deeply integrated with Windows Live Search, providing a rich, integrated searching service – enabling you to search and find answers on the Web, or from experts on any given topic as part of your search experience.

Windows Live QnA beta is the latest example of our efforts to continue to redefine search to make it faster and more relevant for our consumers with live connections to information they want. We want to put the consumer in control of their search experience, customize it for their context, present search results in the most usable format, and empower users to make their own choices. 
 
Also, in case you missed it last Friday, Microsoft is now syndicating Live Search results to A9.com and Alexa.  We are very excited to be chosen by A9 to provide this service for their innovative site. This agreement further validates the growth in importance of the Windows Live Search service across the Internet.

As always we welcome your feedback and be sure to sign up for the beta!

Ken Moss
General Manager, Web Search

Comments

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  • Finally!!!!!!  A way to search for intelligent folks.  There are many of us who do not want to be sidetracked by the computer system.  I am a teacher, and I see "school application" written all over this.

    JO
  • Howdy, my question has nothing to do with this post but another MS Employee working on the "live" stuff suggest I post here.

    I "discovered" that MSNBot is kind of a pig in its bandwidth use when indexing sites. As a quick example, when looking at the last 2 months MSNBot has used over 220MB of bandwidth and the next closest engine has used about 62MB and then google has used about 40MB.

    Why?

    I could scan through all of my logs instead of just looking at summaries but you guys already have got to have a clue why it is being so hungry - you wrote it.

    If all of the search engines that indexed my site all wasted as much bandwith I would have over 6GB of bandwidth burned up just servicing Search Engine Bots which is silly.

    I submitted feedback to the MSN Search feedback button but haven't heard anything. My only other option is to disallow the MSNBot from indexing and tell others what I did. Is anyone else going to be thrilled with the MSNBot sucking 6 times the bandwidth of every other search engine?  
  • okay guys at msn, google is testing a new homepage (i guess). I capture this image from google canada

    http://static.flickr.com/56/142263078_3699ba1360_o.png


    bye
  • hey,
    I think there was some problem with the browser. I cleared the cache and it started displaying the google image.

    Appologies for the mistake
  • Hi Joe,
    With regards to MSNBot being an issue can you please E-mail msnbot (at) microsoft.com and provide the domain and other information?  We take these type of issues seriously and will investigate it.

    thanks!
    Eytan

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    Program Manager -- Windows Live Search
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    I´d linke to know when comes the new windows
  • how do i scroll down to save an email to a person on the list. you removed the scroll down feature!!!
  • Hi Ken and Team,

    I see a flurry of development in search and lots of great ideas. I like that.

    However, I feel you guys are just missing on the core basic experience. Missing big time.

    Basics: load performance of the search home page. Simply unaccpetable. 6 seconds for the home page to load!?!?!?! Google does it in a fraction. You'll never win me as a customer until you can match Google load times.

    Basics: I scroll down the seach list, click on one of the search results, and after the site it up click on IE's back button. Simple basic operation. Right? Oh no.

    Instead of finding myself where I left off, I see the home page loading again (yes, the slow one from before) and then it disappear and the search result list is back up and I am back at the top of the list. Top of the list?!?!? I want to be back to the same point where I clicked on the search result. Instead I have to start searching for the position manually.

    My expectations are really modest. Just behave like a normal "back" button. Why did you guys screw up with such basic functionality?

    Sorry for the harsh words. This is frustration talking.

    Amir