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Search Blog — May 2009

  • May
    28

    A Letter to Bing

    Dear Bing (the Author), We couldn’t help sit up and take notice of your offer of services from one Bing to another. We were moderately surprised and mildly excited. As you might have guessed, today is quite a big day for us. Even so, we dropped everything when we saw your press release this morning. After an emergency meeting (three people were invited, all declined), we’ve decided to take you up on your offer. We’re not certain what exactly this would involve. We’re not certain it would pay much (nothing, actually) but we look forward to starting a dialogue and hope we can work together soon. Let’s do lunch. In the meantime we are sending you a case of moderately priced cigars. Your pals, Bing.com Dear Bing (the Author), We couldn’t help sit up and take notice of your offer of services from one Bing to another. We were moderately surprised and mildly excited. As you might have guessed, today is quite a big day for us. Even so, we dropped everything when we saw your press release this morning. After an emergency meeting (three people were invited, all declined), we’ve decided to take you up on your offer. We’re not certain what exactly this would involve. We’re not certain it would pay much (nothing, actually) but we look forward to starting a dialogue and hope we can work together soon. Let’s do lunch. In the meantime we are sending you a case of moderately priced cigars. Your pals, Bing.com
  • May
    28

    The sound of found: Bing!

    This morning, Steve Ballmer is speaking at the D Conference where he’s unveiling our new search service — named Bing. Bing is rolling out internally to Microsoft employees worldwide today and will be available to you and your friends in the coming days. We spent lots of time listening to you, learning how you use search today and what you’re trying to accomplish with search. We found that search is no longer just a tool for mapping a keyword to a document. If you’re like many people, you’re increasingly using search to help you make decisions: from everyday decisions, like which restaurant to eat at, to complicated decisions, like which digital camera to buy or when to fly and where to stay on your next vacation. Problem is: search engines themselves haven’t evolved all that much to address the new ways that people like you are using search today. So today we’re introducing a new kind of search that goes beyond traditional search engines to help you make faster, more informed decisions. It will do this by combining a great search engine (with powerful new features to improve your results for any query), more organized results, and... Read More This morning, Steve Ballmer is speaking at the D Conference where he’s unveiling our new search service — named Bing. Bing is rolling out internally to Microsoft employees worldwide today and will be available to you and your friends in the coming days. We spent lots of time listening to you, learning how you use search today and what you’re trying to accomplish with search. We found that search is no longer just a tool for mapping a keyword to a document. If you’re like many people, you’re increasingly using search to help you make decisions: from everyday decisions, like which restaurant to eat at, to complicated decisions, like which digital camera to buy or when to fly and where to stay on your next vacation. Problem is: search engines themselves haven’t evolved all that much to address the new ways that people like you are using search today. So today we’re introducing a new kind of search that goes beyond traditional search engines to help you make faster, more informed decisions. It will do this by combining a great search engine (with powerful new features to improve your results for any query), more organized results, and... Read More
  • May
    26

    MTV Movie Awards on Live Search

      This Sunday, Andy Samberg will host the 18 th Annual MTV Movie Awards and unveil the winners in categories ranging from best movie to best kiss, and lots in between. As you may remember, we did our first awards show instant answer for the Oscars back in February. After all the great feedback we decided to continue the tradition with our new MTV Movie Awards instant answer. Just type in “mtv awards” and you'll see our pre-show instant answer with the award show date and air time, pointers to promo videos with Andy, and links to vote for your favorite performances. And if you miss the show on Sunday, just check Live Search for a complete list of updated winners following the announcement of the final Golden Popcorn.     This is just the latest push in our grand effort to help make finding the right information on the Web easier for you, our loyal searchers. We know that you don’t want to browse through a sea of links to find out who won the best female performance or best fight, you want the right answer right there on page 1, in front of your eyes – and that is what we deliver with our instant answers.   We’re always looking to improve and expand so let us know... Read More   This Sunday, Andy Samberg will host the 18 th Annual MTV Movie Awards and unveil the winners in categories ranging from best movie to best kiss, and lots in between. As you may remember, we did our first awards show instant answer for the Oscars back in February. After all the great feedback we decided to continue the tradition with our new MTV Movie Awards instant answer. Just type in “mtv awards” and you'll see our pre-show instant answer with the award show date and air time, pointers to promo videos with Andy, and links to vote for your favorite performances. And if you miss the show on Sunday, just check Live Search for a complete list of updated winners following the announcement of the final Golden Popcorn.     This is just the latest push in our grand effort to help make finding the right information on the Web easier for you, our loyal searchers. We know that you don’t want to browse through a sea of links to find out who won the best female performance or best fight, you want the right answer right there on page 1, in front of your eyes – and that is what we deliver with our instant answers.   We’re always looking to improve and expand so let us know... Read More
  • May
    26

    Live Search Makes Playoff Searches Easier

    Live Search Makes Playoff Searches Easier     When I last blogged , Derek Jeter searches had tripled and major league baseball was in full swing. Fast forward a few weeks, and while Derek Jeter is probably still a top search (when is he not?), some may argue that the current show stopper is Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who’s leading his team in the Eastern Conference finals of the 2009 NHL playoffs . Or Kobe Bryant , who led the Lakers with 34 points despite the Nuggets’ win to tie the series at 2-2 in the NBA playoffs .     Whether you’re devoted to hockey or basketball, Live Search can help you get your fix—fast. Because if there’s one thing we know about sports fans, it’s that you don’t keep a fan waiting for player stats and scores. So these Instant Answers are going to be particularly useful for all the die-hard NBA fans following the Lakers, Nuggets, Cavs, or Magic; and the NHL fans tracking the Hurricanes, Canes, Red Wings, Hawks, or Pens.     Simply type in, “NHL,” “NBA,” or “NHL or NBA + the date,” and you’ll get a summary of recent games and current standings in the series.   Or enter your favorite player for season stats, recent... Read More Live Search Makes Playoff Searches Easier     When I last blogged , Derek Jeter searches had tripled and major league baseball was in full swing. Fast forward a few weeks, and while Derek Jeter is probably still a top search (when is he not?), some may argue that the current show stopper is Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who’s leading his team in the Eastern Conference finals of the 2009 NHL playoffs . Or Kobe Bryant , who led the Lakers with 34 points despite the Nuggets’ win to tie the series at 2-2 in the NBA playoffs .     Whether you’re devoted to hockey or basketball, Live Search can help you get your fix—fast. Because if there’s one thing we know about sports fans, it’s that you don’t keep a fan waiting for player stats and scores. So these Instant Answers are going to be particularly useful for all the die-hard NBA fans following the Lakers, Nuggets, Cavs, or Magic; and the NHL fans tracking the Hurricanes, Canes, Red Wings, Hawks, or Pens.     Simply type in, “NHL,” “NBA,” or “NHL or NBA + the date,” and you’ll get a summary of recent games and current standings in the series.   Or enter your favorite player for season stats, recent... Read More
  • May
    19

    What Do You Want to Ask Qi Lu?

    As you may know, our fearless leader Qi Lu will be keynoting SMX Advanced on June 3 in Seattle. We’re looking forward to a good discussion between him and Danny Sullivan about the great stuff we have cooking on the search business. This will be Qi’s first public speaking engagement since he took the helm of the Online Services Division in January, and we know that you are all anxious to hear from him. After the discussion with Danny, Qi will be taking questions from the audience. If you’re planning to go to the conference, or even if you’re not, what questions do you have for Qi? If we get some great suggestions here on the blog, we’ll see if we can work them into his discussion from the stage. Looking forward to your thoughts, Whitney Burk, Director, Live Search As you may know, our fearless leader Qi Lu will be keynoting SMX Advanced on June 3 in Seattle. We’re looking forward to a good discussion between him and Danny Sullivan about the great stuff we have cooking on the search business. This will be Qi’s first public speaking engagement since he took the helm of the Online Services Division in January, and we know that you are all anxious to hear from him. After the discussion with Danny, Qi will be taking questions from the audience. If you’re planning to go to the conference, or even if you’re not, what questions do you have for Qi? If we get some great suggestions here on the blog, we’ll see if we can work them into his discussion from the stage. Looking forward to your thoughts, Whitney Burk, Director, Live Search
  • May
    18

    Live Search offerings top the Webware 100...

    Today CNET announced the winners of the 2009 Webware 100 awards (visit the blog post from March for a refresher on the Live Search offerings nominated). Live Search , Live Search Maps , and Live Search Farecast are all winners! The Web 2.0 user community cast more than 630,000 votes to determine the best Web 2.0 sites, services, and applications that are leading the next wave of innovation. Other Microsoft winners include Windows Live Messenger , Windows Live Hotmail , Windows Live SkyDrive , and Editor’s Choice Rafe’s Favorite: Windows Live Sync . Congrats to all the winners and thanks for voting for us. Melissa Powell, Senior Product Manager, Live Search Today CNET announced the winners of the 2009 Webware 100 awards (visit the blog post from March for a refresher on the Live Search offerings nominated). Live Search , Live Search Maps , and Live Search Farecast are all winners! The Web 2.0 user community cast more than 630,000 votes to determine the best Web 2.0 sites, services, and applications that are leading the next wave of innovation. Other Microsoft winners include Windows Live Messenger , Windows Live Hotmail , Windows Live SkyDrive , and Editor’s Choice Rafe’s Favorite: Windows Live Sync . Congrats to all the winners and thanks for voting for us. Melissa Powell, Senior Product Manager, Live Search
  • May
    14

    STC Europe – Building Momentum

    There have been a few requests for some international flair on the Live Search team blog, so we thought we’d give you an update on the European Search Technology Centre. Thanks for asking! There have been several important milestones in the creation of STC Europe: The first was in Paris, October 2008, when Steve Ballmer and Jordi Ribas (General Manager, STC Europe) announced the creation of the STC Europe. This announcement was well received in Europe and STC Europe became one of the top news stories for 2009 in France. This was a promising start although all the hard work was still ahead! It was in November 2008 when the first members joined the team – Mike Miles (Group Program Manager, STC Europe/London), Oswaldo Ribas (Development Manager, STC Europe/London), Travis Barrett (Group Program Manager, STC Europe/Munich), and Andreas Bode (Development Manager, STC Europe/Munich). Then in early January 2009, Mike, Oswaldo, and Jordi moved to London. You can tell we moved in January since Internet search volume increased significantly that month for grocery stores, garbage service, TV, internet, HOT WATER, etc. BTW: January was THE WORST WINTER... Read More There have been a few requests for some international flair on the Live Search team blog, so we thought we’d give you an update on the European Search Technology Centre. Thanks for asking! There have been several important milestones in the creation of STC Europe: The first was in Paris, October 2008, when Steve Ballmer and Jordi Ribas (General Manager, STC Europe) announced the creation of the STC Europe. This announcement was well received in Europe and STC Europe became one of the top news stories for 2009 in France. This was a promising start although all the hard work was still ahead! It was in November 2008 when the first members joined the team – Mike Miles (Group Program Manager, STC Europe/London), Oswaldo Ribas (Development Manager, STC Europe/London), Travis Barrett (Group Program Manager, STC Europe/Munich), and Andreas Bode (Development Manager, STC Europe/Munich). Then in early January 2009, Mike, Oswaldo, and Jordi moved to London. You can tell we moved in January since Internet search volume increased significantly that month for grocery stores, garbage service, TV, internet, HOT WATER, etc. BTW: January was THE WORST WINTER... Read More
  • May
    14

    Introducing the Powerset Podcast series

    Want to know what’s been going on behind the walls of the Powerset division of Live Search lately? Check out the Powerset blog for the first in a series of Powerset video podcasts. This week Mark Johnson sat down with Dave Fayram , a software engineer working on Powerset’s semantic search infrastructure, to discuss the semantic web. Stay tuned for more podcasts, and if there are hot topics you’d like to hear about, let us know in the comments. Katie Conry, Powerset division of Live Search Want to know what’s been going on behind the walls of the Powerset division of Live Search lately? Check out the Powerset blog for the first in a series of Powerset video podcasts. This week Mark Johnson sat down with Dave Fayram , a software engineer working on Powerset’s semantic search infrastructure, to discuss the semantic web. Stay tuned for more podcasts, and if there are hot topics you’d like to hear about, let us know in the comments. Katie Conry, Powerset division of Live Search
  • May
    08

    MSN City Guides Gets a Facelift with Live...

    Today MSN announced a new version of its local offering MSN City Guides , one step in a long term plan to help users stay in the know wherever they are. The new MSN City Guides is an entirely re-vamped site, featuring a new design with integrated Live Search , Live Search Maps , video, content sharing, and more. New integration with popular social networking services such as Windows Live and Facebook makes it easy to organize events with just a few clicks. With Live Search and Live Search Maps integrated into the new experience, making a decision about what to do and where to go just got a lot easier. Thanks to Live Search, local search results are integrated throughout the site so you will now get relevant results for all ZIP codes in the U.S. Filtering capabilities will help make it easier to decide where to go based on your chosen criteria. For example, type in “baseball” as an event search and you can sort by relevance, date, type, or within a certain mile radius. You can also find listings for local businesses, with easy links to Live Search Maps and one-click directions– right from MSN. Now go out and explore your city with help... Read More Today MSN announced a new version of its local offering MSN City Guides , one step in a long term plan to help users stay in the know wherever they are. The new MSN City Guides is an entirely re-vamped site, featuring a new design with integrated Live Search , Live Search Maps , video, content sharing, and more. New integration with popular social networking services such as Windows Live and Facebook makes it easy to organize events with just a few clicks. With Live Search and Live Search Maps integrated into the new experience, making a decision about what to do and where to go just got a lot easier. Thanks to Live Search, local search results are integrated throughout the site so you will now get relevant results for all ZIP codes in the U.S. Filtering capabilities will help make it easier to decide where to go based on your chosen criteria. For example, type in “baseball” as an event search and you can sort by relevance, date, type, or within a certain mile radius. You can also find listings for local businesses, with easy links to Live Search Maps and one-click directions– right from MSN. Now go out and explore your city with help... Read More
  • May
    07

    Find video clips, baseball scores on Live...

    The Live Search mobile team has just launched two great new features to help make the mobile web your own: MSN video search and an MLB dashboard. Looking to fill some time while you’re on the go and feel like grabbing a video news clip from Obama’s First 100-Days event? Now you can! Type “obama” in the search box on your mobile phone, and scroll down to the “MSN video” section of the results page to tune in. Trying to keep track of the latest statistics for your favorite baseball team when you’re away from home and missing the big game? Just search for “mlb,” and we’ll give you a dashboard where you'll quickly find the latest scores, news, and standings for your favorite team. You can get all these features plus local business listings, maps, directions, and optimized web search by visiting m.live.com on your web-enabled mobile phone. Happy roaming, Jeremy Beasley, Product Manager, Live Search Mobile The Live Search mobile team has just launched two great new features to help make the mobile web your own: MSN video search and an MLB dashboard. Looking to fill some time while you’re on the go and feel like grabbing a video news clip from Obama’s First 100-Days event? Now you can! Type “obama” in the search box on your mobile phone, and scroll down to the “MSN video” section of the results page to tune in. Trying to keep track of the latest statistics for your favorite baseball team when you’re away from home and missing the big game? Just search for “mlb,” and we’ll give you a dashboard where you'll quickly find the latest scores, news, and standings for your favorite team. You can get all these features plus local business listings, maps, directions, and optimized web search by visiting m.live.com on your web-enabled mobile phone. Happy roaming, Jeremy Beasley, Product Manager, Live Search Mobile
  • May
    05

    Jane & Robot Meetup Wednesday @ MSFT...

    Are you going to be in the Bay area tomorrow? Do you have a vested interest in search marketing? Know any web developers? Well then, make sure drop in to the Microsoft technology center in Mountain View, CA for a hearty discussion of search marketing hosted Microsoft, with guest speakers: Vanessa Fox, famed creator of Google’s Webmaster Tools, and Sean Suchter, previous VP of Yahoo. Microsoft Campus in Mountain View Event : Jane & Robot SEO Meetup When : May 6, 2009 from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Where : 1065 La Avenida, Mountain View, California 94043 Bring all your search questions, and of course there will be plenty of food, drinks and opportunities for networking. Follow @janeandrobot on Twitter for event updates and last real time logistical information. See you there! -- Nathan Buggia, Live Search Webmaster Center Are you going to be in the Bay area tomorrow? Do you have a vested interest in search marketing? Know any web developers? Well then, make sure drop in to the Microsoft technology center in Mountain View, CA for a hearty discussion of search marketing hosted Microsoft, with guest speakers: Vanessa Fox, famed creator of Google’s Webmaster Tools, and Sean Suchter, previous VP of Yahoo. Microsoft Campus in Mountain View Event : Jane & Robot SEO Meetup When : May 6, 2009 from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Where : 1065 La Avenida, Mountain View, California 94043 Bring all your search questions, and of course there will be plenty of food, drinks and opportunities for networking. Follow @janeandrobot on Twitter for event updates and last real time logistical information. See you there! -- Nathan Buggia, Live Search Webmaster Center