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This week we’re excited to launch a major update to Live Search that’s relevant, faster and easier to use. Hundreds of us rolled up our sleeves and dug deep. We pored over your feedback, analyzed the data and talked to thousands of users. How major is this? It's our biggest update since our debut in January 2005.
Here are just some of the areas we focused on:
In the coming weeks we’ll blog in detail about the improvements that we’ve made. You can also check out the press release that just hit the wire and the fact sheet for more information.
The end result is a service we believe is better across the board. Enjoy! We’re psyched to hear what you think.**
-The Live Search team
**The release is rolling out worldwide as we speak. The links above should take you directly into the new experience if you’re not already seeing it on your own!
WOW, i am truly impressed. You guys did a wonderful job with the new layout and results. I don't see any blogspot spam at all anymore! :)
Live.com is looking so much sleeker and nice at the moment. I'll just do a search for random things now and see how well my results come up. (If they do)
Site #1 (Term: dale hay)
Result: Not even in the first 5 pages yet the URL of it is http://www.dalehay.com
Site #2 (Term: sound upload)
Result: Page 1 (3rd Result)
Hmmm... to be honest I ain't really impressed with this update.
@Greg: all great questions...stay tuned. we've got a number of posts lined up that go into detail in the areas you mentioned. look for them soon. if those still dont answer your questions, please keep the comments flowing!
@Mark - the webmaster tools are still under development. as the previous articles have mentioned, betas for them will start soon. thanks for the comment.
- The Live Search Team
First, I have to confess that I am not much of a Microsoft fan and did not fancy your previous search engine (MSN suck) at all.
But I have to admit that I think you guys have done quite a good job here, so in the spirit of giving credit when credit is due, congrats to the team for coming up with a worthy challenge to Google (and to some extent, Yahoo).
The real winners will be the end users. So, we should all be happy for the healthy competition.
@Vasily: thanks for your comment. we're going to be posting on details of many of our improvements (including relevance, speed, and new look and feel) in the coming days and weeks. please stay tuned.
re: more high-interest content, analysis of query logs showed a huge percentage of searches (some satisfied, others not) in the areas of Entertainment, Shopping, Health, etc. Throughout the development of this release we also spoke directly with countless users to understand their wants and needs. Lots of people asked for this both directly and indirectly :)
-The Live Search Team
Is it to late to enter the webmaster portal beta? My email is email@example.com and my domain is listed under my username. I applied but i never received a response. Btw, congrats on the new layout. You guys really have improved the serps tremendously.
@Kenny: Thanks for the feedback. The current colors were tested with many users and picked from many potential candidates. We will be watching feedback from users closely as we launch the site this week and are always looking at ways to improve our user experience.
Video search , just rocks. its the best on the web.
Relavancy is better . equal/better than google in most of the queries. i believe probably by next fall , you guys must be as good and better than google for sure.
Its a lot faster now .
good to see other vertical searches .
Live search : the brand name is really good and its just catching up now ... pl. dont kill it and rebrand. one day in future you guys might really come up with results live as updates happen to web sites.
donot bother about the google becoming synonym for search. you can decouple it with your Live search brand for sure in the near future.
Good luck . hope to see many more stuff from Live search.
@Daniele: Auto-spell correction is invoked in cases where our speller is highly confident that the searcher is making a spelling mistake. In cases where confidence is not so high, we present a suggestion like 'did you mean...'
Are there searches you're doing that aren't working as expected? Our speller is on the list of topics we plan to blog about over the next several weeks. That post will also have more details.
Thanks for your comment!
You're not using the new version, it is at the top with the new version....
Does this mean you support sitemaps yet? It was last November that you made the joke announcement "Microsoft, Google, Yahoo! Unite to Support Sitemaps" when of course it should have said "Google, Yahoo! Unite to Support Sitemaps - Microsoft might in a year or three if you are lucky"
@Dale: Thanks for your comments...until our site is 100% launched, you probably will have to add &FORM=PRESS to the end of your query to make sure you are in the new experience. if your URL already has FORM=<something else>, change the <something else> to PRESS.
returns dalehay.com as #1 (you can see it with this link: http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=dale+hay&mkt=en-us&scope=&FORM=PRESS)
returns soundupload.com in the #1 position (try it with http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=sound+upload&mkt=en-us&scope=&form=PRESS)
<quote>Wouldn’t a link to the actual page you’re talking about have been quick, easy, and nonclueless?</quote>
Sorry. It is www.bestbuymetals.com
as you can see at:
Only pages linked to on the home page are in Live's index. It's like none of the other content is even looked at.
@Joe: any of the links in the body of the blog post should take you into the new site. to guarantee you have the new experience you have to follow these because we haven't finished rolling out the site worldwide.
@Johann, Leo, Briggst, Bravo, Azam, wikifi: Thanks. We're glad that you're enjoying the new release!
@Paul: Thanks for your comments...we officially support sitemaps with our new release.
For now, we auto-discover sitemaps via robots.txt file (protocol http://www.sitemaps.org/protocol.php#informing) or if webmasters submit their sitemaps URL via http://search.msn.com/docs/submit.aspx.
The web master tools (still under development) will provide additional functionality. As the previous articles have mentioned, betas for them will start soon…
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