OK, I admit it. I doubted.
Technically different to what SearchMonkey is enabling at Yahoo!, in some ways 'better,' and in some ways 'worse.' Which would most consumers pick, most of the time, to fulfil most of their needs? Assuming, of course, that Microsoft can draw one of those putative searchers away from Google or Yahoo! and get them using Live Search in the first place... Right now, I'm not sure, but watch this space as it gets interesting.