Several Windows Live services have moved from beta/trial version to full release version – Live Search (search.live.com) is one of them.
Firstly, search.live.com is just one way to get to Live Search. You also have the choice of going to your personalised Live.com page (www.live.com) and choosing Search only from the top right corner. Alternatively, if you’ve finished searching and you want to get to your Live.com page, choose Personalised page.
On search.live.com you can choose to search the web, search for images or news or do a local search.
The fun searches are for Images and Local map/directions searching – just click the appropriate button to make you choice before clicking the search button.
Once your result page opens, you’ll see more choices – Videos, More (Academic search and search macros – more on the latter in a couple of days), and sometimes QnA to see whether other people have answered a query similar to what you’re searching on.
Try an images search on Tom Hanks. You can adjust the slider to view larger/smaller sized images, or use the drop down list to only look at images of a certain size. Somewhere’s there’s supposed to be a scratchpad but webDotWiz hasn’t found it yet – . Hover your mouse over any image to get a better look – very neat.
And you’ve noticed that Windows Live Search is now simply called Live Search –