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Search Blog — May 2008

  • May
    30

    Wikipedia gets big

    Check it out: We realize that often you just need to get a sense of what your query is about. Wikipedia is great for that — you can learn enough from the first paragraph of a Wikipedia article to start you out on the right path. For Wikipedia results, we now show a good portion of the first paragraph and a few links from the table of contents. You can see more about the topic right there and see what else the article offers. We hope you learn more, faster with our expanded Wikipedia descriptions. Let us know what you think. Kemp Peterson, Program Manager, Live Search Check it out: We realize that often you just need to get a sense of what your query is about. Wikipedia is great for that — you can learn enough from the first paragraph of a Wikipedia article to start you out on the right path. For Wikipedia results, we now show a good portion of the first paragraph and a few links from the table of contents. You can see more about the topic right there and see what else the article offers. We hope you learn more, faster with our expanded Wikipedia descriptions. Let us know what you think. Kemp Peterson, Program Manager, Live Search
  • May
    23

    Book search winding down

    Today we informed our partners that we are ending the Live Search Books and Live Search Academic projects and that both sites will be taken down next week. Books and scholarly publications will continue to be integrated into our Search results, but not through separate indexes. This also means that we are winding down our digitization initiatives, including our library scanning and our in-copyright book programs. We recognize that this decision comes as disappointing news to our partners, the publishing and academic communities, and Live Search users. Given the evolution of the Web and our strategy, we believe the next generation of search is about the development of an underlying, sustainable business model for the search engine, consumer, and content partner. For example, this past Wednesday we announced our strategy to focus on verticals with high commercial intent, such as travel, and offer users cash back on their purchases from our advertisers. With Live Search Books and Live Search Academic, we digitized 750,000 books and indexed 80 million journal articles. Based on our experience, we foresee that the best way for a search engine to make book content available will be... Read More Today we informed our partners that we are ending the Live Search Books and Live Search Academic projects and that both sites will be taken down next week. Books and scholarly publications will continue to be integrated into our Search results, but not through separate indexes. This also means that we are winding down our digitization initiatives, including our library scanning and our in-copyright book programs. We recognize that this decision comes as disappointing news to our partners, the publishing and academic communities, and Live Search users. Given the evolution of the Web and our strategy, we believe the next generation of search is about the development of an underlying, sustainable business model for the search engine, consumer, and content partner. For example, this past Wednesday we announced our strategy to focus on verticals with high commercial intent, such as travel, and offer users cash back on their purchases from our advertisers. With Live Search Books and Live Search Academic, we digitized 750,000 books and indexed 80 million journal articles. Based on our experience, we foresee that the best way for a search engine to make book content available will be... Read More
  • May
    15

    You talk. We listen.

    In our last release of Live Search for Windows Mobile we snuck in a little feature that allows users to send feedback directly to the engineering team. Since then, we've received tons of messages from users, many of which have been requests for new functionality. So what's the moral of the story? Ask, and you shall receive. Here's the list of some of the cool stuff we've built in response to user feedback. Weather By far the most often-requested feature: get current weather conditions and a four-day forecast by clicking the Weather icon. Web search Search the Web, news, images, and more just by clicking the Web icon. Increased traffic coverage Piggy-backing on great work done by Live Search Maps , view up-to-the-minute traffic info for more cities, like Dallas, Indianapolis, and Baltimore. Bluetooth headset support Now you can use the speech recognition feature with your Bluetooth headset (available on select devices). Map a contact Open up a contact, press Menu , and then press Show On Map to view the contact on a map. Delete a recent location Simple, yet effective. Click the label showing your current location to display the list of recent locations, scroll to... Read More In our last release of Live Search for Windows Mobile we snuck in a little feature that allows users to send feedback directly to the engineering team. Since then, we've received tons of messages from users, many of which have been requests for new functionality. So what's the moral of the story? Ask, and you shall receive. Here's the list of some of the cool stuff we've built in response to user feedback. Weather By far the most often-requested feature: get current weather conditions and a four-day forecast by clicking the Weather icon. Web search Search the Web, news, images, and more just by clicking the Web icon. Increased traffic coverage Piggy-backing on great work done by Live Search Maps , view up-to-the-minute traffic info for more cities, like Dallas, Indianapolis, and Baltimore. Bluetooth headset support Now you can use the speech recognition feature with your Bluetooth headset (available on select devices). Map a contact Open up a contact, press Menu , and then press Show On Map to view the contact on a map. Delete a recent location Simple, yet effective. Click the label showing your current location to display the list of recent locations, scroll to... Read More
  • May
    06

    More than a pretty face

    Along with the release of our new search experience, we'd like to give some background into the design team and process that went into all the changes you see. You might not immediately think of design as being a critical part of a search product, but we think it is, and we have a growing team of designers, researchers, and developers who believe it, too. We have a growing, pro-design community here at Microsoft as well (only fitting to plug Microsoft Design ). Simple and powerful. Human. Fast. These were our guiding principles for this latest version of Live Search. Here's the nickel tour: Simple and powerful is about getting just enough , having information and tools when you need them, and revealing functionality without being overwhelmed. Being human reminds us that all good products speak to people and we should always design for them. Being fast has particular relevance to search where so much depends on rolling up the world of information to support people's countless other activities and passions. We wove these principles into our work on Live Search in a process that started with user research, customer feedback, and a myriad of other sources for data and... Read More Along with the release of our new search experience, we'd like to give some background into the design team and process that went into all the changes you see. You might not immediately think of design as being a critical part of a search product, but we think it is, and we have a growing team of designers, researchers, and developers who believe it, too. We have a growing, pro-design community here at Microsoft as well (only fitting to plug Microsoft Design ). Simple and powerful. Human. Fast. These were our guiding principles for this latest version of Live Search. Here's the nickel tour: Simple and powerful is about getting just enough , having information and tools when you need them, and revealing functionality without being overwhelmed. Being human reminds us that all good products speak to people and we should always design for them. Being fast has particular relevance to search where so much depends on rolling up the world of information to support people's countless other activities and passions. We wove these principles into our work on Live Search in a process that started with user research, customer feedback, and a myriad of other sources for data and... Read More
  • May
    01

    Answering your questions on QnA

    We've introduced our "Renaissance" release of Live Search QnA Beta . Our re-birth signifies the beginning of a new set of features that we'll continue to grow. We had three goals for this release: Focus on the QnA experience for new users. Encourage users to discover content and functionality in new ways. Highlight and award higher quality content by featuring members who are Top Contributors in given areas of expertise. Find out more about what we've done at the QnA team blog . And remember to submit your own questions and answers to our Live Search QnA beta . Heather Friedland, Lead Program Manager, Live Search QnA We've introduced our "Renaissance" release of Live Search QnA Beta . Our re-birth signifies the beginning of a new set of features that we'll continue to grow. We had three goals for this release: Focus on the QnA experience for new users. Encourage users to discover content and functionality in new ways. Highlight and award higher quality content by featuring members who are Top Contributors in given areas of expertise. Find out more about what we've done at the QnA team blog . And remember to submit your own questions and answers to our Live Search QnA beta . Heather Friedland, Lead Program Manager, Live Search QnA
  • May
    01

    xRank™ Musician — better than top 40 night...

    Just when you thought we'd stop at Celebrities, we now bring you (drum roll, please) Musicians ! xRank TM provides much more than just a way to track search trends — it's much more than that — it's a social commentary. With xRank TM Musicians we bring you the "mob's view" on what's shaking up the music industry. Sure, you've got Top 40s, billboard charts, and album sales, but what's more socially relevant than what you and your peers are searching for? Ever heard of Jay-Z , the rapper? If you have, then on the scale ranging from "I live in a bubble" to "I'm in the know" you're in good shape. If you haven't, you may want to brush up on your pop culture prowess. No worries — xRank TM is here to help. Our boy Jay-Z got married to Beyoncé recently. His search popularity soared and xRank TM caught it — can't say the same for your local station's top 40 list. Here are some other events that illustrate the "xRank TM effect": Unfortunate deaths — Charlton Heston passes away, RIP Pregnancy rumors — Jessica Alba unveils her baby bump And when they are no longer rumors — Jennifer Lopez unveils the twins Sex tape scandals — Kim Kardashian (promoters and publicists are... Read More Just when you thought we'd stop at Celebrities, we now bring you (drum roll, please) Musicians ! xRank TM provides much more than just a way to track search trends — it's much more than that — it's a social commentary. With xRank TM Musicians we bring you the "mob's view" on what's shaking up the music industry. Sure, you've got Top 40s, billboard charts, and album sales, but what's more socially relevant than what you and your peers are searching for? Ever heard of Jay-Z , the rapper? If you have, then on the scale ranging from "I live in a bubble" to "I'm in the know" you're in good shape. If you haven't, you may want to brush up on your pop culture prowess. No worries — xRank TM is here to help. Our boy Jay-Z got married to Beyoncé recently. His search popularity soared and xRank TM caught it — can't say the same for your local station's top 40 list. Here are some other events that illustrate the "xRank TM effect": Unfortunate deaths — Charlton Heston passes away, RIP Pregnancy rumors — Jessica Alba unveils her baby bump And when they are no longer rumors — Jennifer Lopez unveils the twins Sex tape scandals — Kim Kardashian (promoters and publicists are... Read More