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The nifty Ajax-powered interface and options have vanished from Live.com, replaced with the simple look and feel of the older MSN Search page.

Windows Live Search Vanishes
MSN Live Search Washes Away The AJAX

A visit to search.live.com only returns a “Service unavailable message,” and the link to Search Only from Live.com delivers a very pedestrian-looking search form. Search results look about the same as those on MSN Search.

On the MSN Search blog, Ken Moss, General Manager Web Search, posted earlier in the week that a lot has been going on behind the scenes at Live Search:

Since introducing a beta in March on Windows Live we have been experimenting with all sorts of things and now have begun testing things at a larger scale from MSN.

Please check out the features, and keep an eye on both our MSN service, and our Windows Live service. It’s a fair bet that you’ll see more changes coming soon ;-)


Moss listed some of the features the team has made available since launching Live Search. They expanded into image and video search, revising the macro search feature, and updating the user interface.

The interface has proven the most interesting part of Live Search. Using Microsoft’s version of Ajax programming, which they call Atlas, Live Search provided all of its search results in a single window. The scrollbar allowed the user to scroll through the complete list of search results without having to navigate from page to page.

That and other features like expanding or limiting the information displayed with each search result have been taken offline. With the Labor Day holiday weekend beginning in the US, the Live Search team has chosen an odd time to take down the service.

It isn’t the usual time one would expect to see new features debut, as most system administrators would rather give up caffeine than launch something brand new the Friday before a long weekend (or any Friday, really.) Unless Live Search experienced a massive failure or security problem, we expect to see something new when it relaunches.


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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