Kevin on Windows Live Dev blog announced the release of the Live Search Web Service, previously known as the MSN Search Web Service Beta. For those new to search service, it allows developers to programmatically submit queries and retrieve results from the Windows Live Search Engine using a SOAP API.
- Lots more sample code!
- Weather and Movie Time queries
- Support for keyword/placename queries (ex: coffee seattle)
- Increased number of results returned (from 250 to 1,000)
- Easier to write paging algorithms
- Support for file type filtering
- Support for the zh-CN market for Web and News queries
- Local query support in additional markets
- Enhanced functionality for SearchTags (ex: filtering)
To make an application that utilises Live Search? You must have a good knowledge of the SOAP Protocol, the rest can be done in C#. First off though, you will need to get yourself an Application ID, which you can get by following the instructions on the Getting Started with the Windows Live Search API page. There's also a pretty good example on the Code Samples page that is exactly as it says, a Comprehensive Windows Forms Application (C#).
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