Last week we told you about some changes coming to Live Search, including a new look. Microsoft’s new Live Search has gone live. Live Search is the Redmond company’s search engine offered as an alternative to MSN back in 2005. However, an alternative designed to grow to be complementary with MSN, while at the same time becoming the foundation for Microsoft’s Software plus Services business strategy. Live Search, as well as the additional plethora of products and services bundled together under the Windows Live brand umbrella, is not only the company’s online evolution of the Windows client, but also a platform in themselves. And in this context, Windows Live has not shifted a single inch from Microsoft’s initial vision of its cloud operating system.
Windows Live debuted as a beta all the way back in November 2005. “Live.com will become the place to seamlessly access other Windows Live services and will serve as a great place to experience Windows Live Search. Live.com will deliver a new, innovative, search-driven experience that will make it an effective place to perform Internet searches. Live.com will also be a platform for third-party developers to build and deliver customized services, called ‘gadgets’ to customers,” Microsoft revealed two years ago. The availability of Windows Live was followed by the release of Live Search in 2006.
Also included on the new look page are links to the new Windows Live Translator (under options), links to help Webmasters get the most out of Live Search, and as we told you, Video has now made the main page.
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