Windows Live

A 36-post collection

More Windows Live Stuff

When I first started blogging about the Windows Live family of products I initially was very general and then I developed an interest in Live Search, now I think I’ve covered Live Search quite a bit and I feel ready to jump onto the next thing. On my list of things to checkout in the Windows Live family next – Windows Live Gadgets (It’s about time I started playing with these) – Windows Live Domains So expect some blog posts about these in the next few weeks 🙂...

More on Live Search

It looks like Microsoft is building another search engine? or perhaps revamping Live Search, not sure.But I guess we’ll see. I do have some thoughts about Live Search though and here they go. I don’t think the problem with Live Search is it’s algorithm or index or anything like that. I think it’s the culture around it! Those of you who read my blog would know that I’ve covered Live Search a lot and I like to think that I took a close look at it. IMHO, Live Search isn’t lacking in features but it’s lacking a lot of support! It doesn’t seem to me that Live Search has had good...

Adding search to your site using the MSN Search Web Service

I was going to write about this in the past before all the issues I had with my blog but it looks like it’s good I didn’t! It just got a loot easier. A couple of months ago I was trying to play with the MSN Search Web service to see if I can add search functionality to my site. I tried to do so by following this article, and my advice is, don’t! Back then I got a bit confused by it and it seemed that some info was missing. Also a lot of the components such as the AntiXSS library were not even included and you had to search for them to get them included....

Live Search vs. Google

Just read this post on Scoble’s blog and it got me thinking. I don’t really care what Microsoft’s intentions are to take Google head to head by offering similar services or what but I personally am very happy with the Windows Live family of services and Live Search specifically. I think the problem is Google is just good enough for the search needs of most people and it also seems to fit very well when speaking about it– I mean when saying “I googled this and that”, it doesn’t sound as easy to say I Yahoo’d blah blah or I Live Searched so and so. Microsoft need to convince people that Windows Live –(and I’...

Live Search on your Mobile

I thought I was keeping a good eye on what’s happening with Live Search but Chris was faster to post about the ability to have Windows Live Search on your mobile. See his post here I still have a couple more posts I was meant to write uplast yearand haven’t yet, they should be coming soon. Stay tuned for more on Live Search....

Adding Live Search to your web site 'The Easy Way'...

I was playing with the MSN Search web service to try and enable Live Search into websites a couple of days ago and I lost the article reference that I was reading through with the examples. Today while searching for that article I stumbled across this link. Apparently there are easy ways of integrating Live Search into your websites without having them embedded. The link above allows you to implement the search in two ways, one by having the search box only and redirecting the results to the Live Search results. The second is by having afloating window that displays the results on top of your web site. Check it out. I’m currently also playing with theMSN...

Google Personalized search

It’s about time I started blogging again, it’s been a while. A couple of days ago I realized that Google has made a new offering with it’s search services. Google Personalized Search. And almost instantly I was thinking, this looks familiar and you know why. I blogged about something very similar before a while back when I posted about Windows Live Search Macros. It looks like Google are offering a very similar service to WLSM. I have not tried Google’s yet but will be checking it out soon. I guess Google likes some of Microsoft’s ideas! They even have an ugly looking service similar to Windows Live, have you ever seen the link that says...

Live Search (Images)

This just keeps getting better and better all the time! I’ve now found yet another reason to use Live Search. The Image Search features are really great. Viewing full size images was a very nice idea but here are some even better ones IMO. The scratch pad and the related people panes, VERY NICE. The scratch pad allows you to drag images to the side of the page and build a collection of images from the search results you get and the Related people pane also shows when you search for a person in images, if you seach for bill gates for example, you see Paul Allen, Warren Buffet …etc in the related people list. Here’s a screenshot...

New features Windows Live Search

So Windows Live Search is now Live, and also has new features. I just noticed that there is now an “Only from New Zealand” checkbox that lets you localize the search. It’s good this has now been made avaialbe and surely enough I had to try it out. So I decided to seach for myself and it looks like Windows Live Search knows best! Searching for “Dan” using WLS with only NZ selected returns my blog as the no1 result (yay!) and if I search for “Daniel” on WLS search I also end up on the first page but I show on 5th. Not bad! On Google searching for “Dan” finds my blog on the top of page three...