Microsoft takes wraps off Live Search

Microsoft has announced the release from beta of its Live Search product and of the launch of in 47 markets worldwide.

Microsoft has announced the release from beta of its Live Search product and of the launch of in 47 markets worldwide.

The company has also announced the final availability of Live Local Search in the UK and the US.

Live Search will now power the web search capability on MSN, the company’s media and entertainment portal, which attracts more than 465 million unique users worldwide per month.

Christopher Payne, Microsoft corporate vice-president of Live Search, said, “The launch of Live Search is a significant milestone for our services business, with our core search and monetisation platform ready for prime time for MSN and Windows Live, as well as for partners through syndication deals.”

He said, “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 personalisation to the web experience.”

By using as their personal search home page, customers can use Live Search to find, customise and track news, images, video, RSS feeds and blogs across the web. They can try it at

Live Local Search is designed to offer even more relevant content to users, improved mobile integration and functionality, and other user interface improvements and customisation tools.

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