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Bing goes live...or is that Live goes Bing?

In the wee hours of the morning, Microsoft flipped the switch and whether you like the name or not, Live Search has been bumped by Bing. After finally getting a chance to test it out, I'm definitely more likely to use Bing than I was to use Live search. While it doesn't have the same tricks up its sleeves as Google (like unit conversions and exchange rates yes, yes it does - thanks, Bob!) it's...

Live Search, where people search for better search options

There's a piece over at The Guardian today about the most searched for terms on Microsoft's Live Search. The top two: Google and Yahoo. They, combined with Google.com and Yahoo.com, account for 2.7% of all searches performed on Live. The numbers would probably be much different if Live Search was considered a decent search engine. Right now, not so much. People would rather use Live to search for...

Microsoft smartens up, releases Live Search addon for Firefox

It may be several years late, but Microsoft has finally decided to acknowledge two things. First, that Firefox does, in fact, exist. Second, that not having an official Live Search plugin for it was just plain stupid. Just days ago, the addon appeared on the Mozilla repository. With all the talk recently about the strained relationship between between Mozilla and Google since Chrome's release, the...

Microsoft adds similar images feature to Live Search Images

When you're using a search engine to find what you're looking for, you're probably used to typing a query, looking at the results, and refining your query. Every now and again you might even click a button that says it will show you similar results. Now Microsoft has added a button with exactly that feature to the company's image search engine. When you conduct a search using Live Search...

HP to make Live Search default search engine on all computers

If you can't convince people to use your applications or web services over your competitor's, what's the best way to gain market share? Bundle your products and services with the operating system so that people won't have to go out of their way to use them. Microsoft has obviously known this for a long time, and got into a spot of trouble in the EU a few years back for bundling Internet Explorer...

Microsoft relaunches Farecast, changes almost nothing

Just over a month after paying $115 million for travel planning site Farecast, Microsoft has relaunched the site. And after spending countless hours integrating the site into Microsoft's Live Search suite of web applications, the result is... basically identical to the old site. The biggest difference we can find is the Live Search label appended to the Farecast logo. Microsoft has folded...

Microsoft: Would you use our search engine for a shiny new nickel?

It's hard being Microsoft. Oh, not when you're talking about desktop software. The company pretty much owns the desktop operating system. But on the web, Google is pretty much king. And no matter how hard Microsoft has tried, the company has been unable ot make a dent in Google's dominance of the search engine market. So Microsoft is tryng something new: Bribing people to use its Live...

Microsoft adds features to Live Search for Windows Mobile

Microsoft has updates its Live Search for Windows Mobile software, adding four new features: 4 day weather forecasts Search the web from the Live Search software without opening a web browser first View maps and locations shared by other Virtual Earth users Take addresses from your contact list and see where your friends are on a map You can download the Live Search software...

Microsoft updates its search engine for news

Microsoft has rolled out a new improved news search engine under its Live Search banner. Overall Live Search News looks a lot like you'd expect a news search engine to look if you've used another one like say, Google News. But there are a few features that make Live Search News stand out: An orange banner will pop up and highlight breaking news at the top of the site, but only when there's...

Microsoft updates Live Search maps, announces Live Search 411

The other day Goog 411 graduated from Google Labs. So while Gmail is still in beta, the much younger service that lets you get phone numbers and directions on your phone is 100% officially launched. So what does Microsoft do? They announce Live Search 411. Right now if you dial 1-800-CALL-411 you get a "coming soon" message. But if history teaches us anything, when Live Search 411 launches it...

Microsoft adding features to Live Search Maps

Microsoft is rolling out a few changes to its Live Search Maps services in the coming weeks. It looks like the new page will offer a bunch of new features making it easier to find and print driving directions. Here are a few of the highlights: A new display mode will let you compress the first few or last few directions. If you're tired of wasting paper by printing out the 5 step directions...

Microsoft revamps Live search

Microsoft has launched an updated version of Live Search. Some of the changes will be visible in the user interface, but the company also made a bunch of changes under the hood to make the search engine more useful and reliable. Increased the site index by more than 400% Improved understanding of query intent Auto-spell correction Faster page-loads Uses more click-stream data to...

Microsoft gets set to launch new Live.com Search interface

Microsoft is headed towards the rollout of a new Live.com search today, including a brand spankin' new interface. There will be a gathering in Mountain View at the Microsoft campus for industry insiders to get a glimpse at Microsoft's latest search interface and redesign today. The new redesign will see a refreshing look for the search interface taking cues from both Ask and Google Universal...