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  • Blog Post: Buy now on eBay for 25% cashback

    Christmas presents to be purchased? Budget a bit tight? Microsoft Live Search has a solution for all the parents out there being harassed for big ticket items by our kids. Why not save up to 25% right now? I need an Xbox 360 for ankle-biter number one. What is the plan? I head on over to http://www...
  • Blog Post: xRank™ Musician — better than top 40 night at the disco

    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...
  • Blog Post: Coming soon to a Dell PC and a Verizon phone near you!

    I want to follow up on some of the search news that Steve Ballmer announced in his keynote at CES this evening. First, beginning in February Dell will distribute Live Search on a majority of consumer and small business PCs that it ships globally . Live Search will be the default search engine in the...
  • Blog Post: Live Search Mobile update for Windows Mobile

    For those of you using Windows Mobile phones, we have great news. This week we're releasing an update to our Live Search Mobile app for Windows Mobile. With this release, we've added some features that make it easier to find local businesses and to get maps and directions on your mobile phone. For...
  • Blog Post: Managing search engine access to your content

    We at Live Search are pleased to announce another collaboration with Yahoo and Google aimed at making webmasters' lives easier. Webmasters have long used the Robots Exclusion Protocol (REP) to control how search engines access and display their content. The REP offers an easy and efficient way to communicate...
  • Blog Post: Live Search Books: Now with In-Copyright Content

    Today we're delighted to announce the availability of in-copyright book content in the Beta version of Live Search Books ! For hundreds of years books have been the repositories for the world’s most trusted, authoritative knowledge. But until recently, books have been invisible to the world’s search...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Browsing for videos hits prime time

    Many of you in the U.S. have noticed some big changes in Live Search Video this week. Now you have lots of tools for browsing to find your favorite TV shows, music videos, and all of the most-watched content on the Web, just by clicking. Based on what we're hearing, it's a primetime hit! And of course...
  • Blog Post: Answers to your comments about the cashback blackout

    We want to answer the most common questions that have appeared in the comments section in response to yesterday's post about Friday's cashback outage ( Black Friday cashback blackout ). How do I receive credit for an order that is not showing the correct rebate in my Live Search cashback account?...
  • Blog Post: 'Tis the season for instant answers

    Ahh...once again the holidays are approaching. Once again we're thinking of family, gifts, travel, and at least some of us are dreaming about snow-covered slopes. Time for joy, family, fun, and lots of web searches. The Live Search team has made the last part quicker and easier. Here are a couple...
  • Blog Post: New home page helps you explore more on the Web

    Today we're releasing an update to the Live Search home page that received positive feedback from customers in trials last month. The new design features background images that will change frequently, augmented with what we call "hotspots." These interactive areas highlight parts of the image and help...
  • Blog Post: We’ve revamped News Search!

    With the launch of the new browse experience for News ( http://news.live.com/ ), we now bring you the most relevant stories of the day bucketed in categories, such as top stories, local news, and business. At the same time, the news team has revamped the news results page to incorporate many new features...
  • Blog Post: Optimizing your very large site for search

    We get asked it a lot. “How do I get more coverage for my site?” Over the past couple of weeks on the Webmaster Center blog , we have been sharing strategies for large sites to help them optimize their sites for search. The series, called “Optimizing your very large site for search,” covered four important...
  • Blog Post: Going deep: diving into the site you want

    When we were thinking about what searches we could improve on for this release, one thing we realized was that we actually were already getting a lot of searches right. A bunch of these were searches about a particular website you wanted. We returned the website, and you went there. Good times. But...
  • Blog Post: The Top of Live Search for 2006

    Live Search went live in 2006, and it has been a great year for us and our users searching the Web. With the year drawing to a close, we decided to put together lists of the top searches for 2006. These lists are the result of studying our anonymous logs for the most searched queries in all the countries...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: "I don't need ten blue links — just give me the answer!"

    There are really just two types of searches: Browse and seek We want to browse for our best fit when we type "I want to learn how to speak Spanish." Tell me now I just want my question answered when I search for how tall Mount Kilimanjaro is or who the 31st president of the U.S. was. We've...
  • Blog Post: Next Stop: SES NY

    To hell with unpacking. As we cast a reflective glance at SXSW and MIX09 in the rearview mirror, Live Search is revving up for Search Engine Strategies in NYC next week. Members from both sides of the Search house — Live Search and Microsoft Advertising — will speak on a range of topics, including: blended...
  • Blog Post: Live Search Powerset team at Web 3.0

    The Live Search Powerset team will be presenting next week at Web 3.0 in Santa Clara on October 16-17. Scott Prevost, Powerset general manager, is providing Friday's keynote on The Road to Semantic Search . And I'm hosting a roundtable discussion on Thursday with Alitora, Cerebra, Metaweb, and Thompson...
  • Blog Post: The next step in search

    Today at PubCon we launched a new release of the Live Search API for publishers and web developers. Now, in one place, we're making available what is essentially a content management system for your site or blog, plus the ability to monetize by selling ads. This release is the next step in what we...
  • Blog Post: Fly over the river and through the woods with Farecast

    Last week we covered how you can use instant answers to find deals on travel. This week we'll show you how to save on last-minute flights for Thanksgiving weekend . Have a great holiday trip! Joel Grus, Live Search Farecast Fareologist
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Live Search for Mobile Launches at 3GSM

    Searching for Love? Or Just Love to Search? On the bus home from work, Jim realizes it’s Valentine’s Day and he hasn’t prepared any dinner plans with his wife Katie! Instead of panicking, he pulls out his Windows Mobile device and opens Live Search for mobile. He navigates the Categories list...
  • Blog Post: Breaking Out of the Browser

    Got Vista ? Then check out these two Live Search gadgets for your Vista Sidebar and stop waiting for that browser to load! Today we’re announcing the launch of two new gadgets that bring some of the most popular Live Search services directly to your desktop: Live Search Gadget - [ Download ] ...
  • Blog Post: Sights and Sounds of MIX09

    I was coming out of a doze on the plane from Dallas to Las Vegas and the man next to me with a perfect good ol’ boy Texas drawl said to his friend: “My money has a better time in Vegas than I do; it stays and I have to leave!” Las Vegas, despite its hotels’ mimicry of Paris, New York, and Venice...