Microsoft unveils updated search engine

14 Sep 2006

Microsoft plans to officially launch its updated and renamed Internet search engine, the latest step in a massive effort to make headway against market leaders Yahoo and Google.

Live Search had previously been available in test form and is the successor to MSN Search, Microsoft's current search engine.

It ranks a distant third in US popularity after Yahoo and Google, according to the most recent data from Nielsen/Net Ratings.

The release also is part of the Redmond software company's push to offer a number of free, Web-based services under its new 'Live' brand name.

The approach has been aimed at helping the company establish a fresh, separate Internet brand for those services, but it also has confused some users more familiar with the company's traditional MSN Internet branding strategy.

Microsoft plans to use Live Search on its MSN portal, and it also planning to promote Live Search later this fall. But Rosoff said the company needs to do more, whether it is a massive marketing push or some sort of broader tie-in with other products, to tell uses what Live is, and persuade them to switch from Google and others.

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