Microsoft has taken its new Live.com search out of beta in 47 different world markets, and launched the release versions of Live Local Search in the UK and the US. Microsoft has also officially ditched the search engine used by MSN, a service that reaches more than 465 million users each month, and replaced it with Live.
“The launch of Live Search is a significant milestone for our services business, with our core search and monetization platform ready for prime time for MSN and Windows Live as well as for partners through syndication deals,” said Christopher Payne, corporate VP of Microsoft Live Search in a statement. “We now have the base to weave search through our services in ways that bring value to customers. This is just the beginning. We look forward to continued investment in search to deliver services that bring new levels of control and personalization to the Web experience.”
Live Search is an integral part of the Microsoft Windows Live experience. Users of the Live.com home page can use Live search to find and keep tabs on the latest RSS feeds, images, news, video, and blogs. Over the course of the beta, Microsoft has engineered a number of improvements including a better user interface, related searches, and the initial iterations of Live’s image and video search.