Is Live The Death Of Google? - Windows Live Shopping...
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Windows Live Shopping and Windows Live Product Search are both as advertised: attempts to provide web-wide searches for products and shopping opportunities. The product search gives a dynamic display that can range from a simple text list to a thumbnail layout that borrows from the innovate image search layout. Searches can be refined by seller, brand, and most interestingly, "related term", which provides a "tag cloud" of the kind popular with social bookmarking sites today.
Windows Live Academic, mentioned above, will provide search opportunities in "thousands of academic and research journals." If their database has some heft to it, this will be a great addition to the search process. It remains to be seen if this academic resource will rival Google Scholar. Like Google Scholar, the results can be frustrating as many provide links only to abstracts or excerpts. Access to the full text of such results requires purchase or subscription to the journal in which they were originally published.
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