Active Search: New in Windows Live Mail Desktop

The Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta blog announces – “Today, we’re excited to begin testing a new feature we’re calling Active Search for Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta with a small group of beta participants in the US. Active Search bridges the gap between your inbox and the broader web using the power of search. […]

The Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta blog announces – “Today, we’re excited to begin testing a new feature we’re calling Active Search for Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta with a small group of beta participants in the US.

Active Search bridges the gap between your inbox and the broader web using the power of search. Using Active Search is essentially the same as conducting a ton of related searches the old fashioned way – by cutting and pasting terms from your email into a separate web browser – only without all the effort


For your eyes only

While Active Search provides a deeply personalized experience, we know how important your privacy is to you, so we’ve worked hard to ensure comply with Microsoft's Online Privacy Statement which reflects our commitment to ensuring that consumers have the ability to control the collection, use and disclosure of their personal information.

No one, besides you, will see the search terms, sponsored links and search results shown in Active Search because

  • we rely on computers, not humans, to look for relevant keywords in your email messages and RSS article
  • we will never trace any keywords we may collect while getting results from our search and advertising services back to the person from whose email they were drawn
  • we remove any trace of keywords we may collect while getting results from our search and advertising services from your PC every time you clear your Internet Explorer Temporary Internet Files cache or restart Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta
  • we never share email content (including email addresses) or personally identifiable information from Active Search with advertisers or third parties without your prior permission.

Also, it’s important to know that Active Search:

  • never looks for keywords at all if you’ve switched Active Search off – really, off means off
  • never looks for keywords in files attached to your email messages
  • only looks for keywords in email messages and RSS articles marked as “safe” by our Junk Email Filter
  • avoids looking for sensitive data like credit card numbers or social security numbers that may pop up in your mail from time to time and for which search results would be of little use.

If you want verification of the way we’re doing things, you don’t have to just listen to us. To help provide an extra level of assurance that we’re meeting the bar we set for ourselves in terms of helping protect your privacy, we have worked with Jefferson Wells, an external consulting company, to conduct a full privacy audit of our Active Search for Windows Live Mail Desktop client component. The results were great and you can find their report on their website.

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