Microsoft Search 2.0: New tabs on tap

Summary:The LiveSide.net guys have posted screen shots of what looks like the new version of Live Search that Microsoft is set to unfurl on September 26. Microsoft also is readying another new Live service, Windows Live Translator, that looks like Babel Fish.

The LiveSide.net guys have posted screen shots of what looks like the new version of Live Search that Microsoft is set to unfurl on September 26.

There are a few changes between the old and new search interfaces: The addition of new Video and MSN search tabs; a plug for the recently introduced Windows Live Suite (a handful of Windows Live services united via a common installer and updater). According to the LiveSiders, the size of the index behind Live Search 2.0 is greatly increased. Personalization and greater relevance are allegedly on tap for the refresh, as well.

Meanwhile, in other Live-related news, Microsoft has begun testing a the beta of a new translation service that is akin to Babel Fish. No information from Microsoft on what the rollout plans are for this new and as-yet-unannounced service.

Topics: Microsoft

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Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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