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Microsoft’s Live Search Starts Integrating Powerset Features

I’ll admit, I expected it would take Microsoft a lot longer to start integrating Powerset’s search technology with Live Search–but the company is announcing the first of the new features.

Freebase Answers Integration

First-up, Live Search Answers will use Powerset to bring in results from Freebase Answers. Freebase looks to be a cross between Wikipedia and Google’s Knols.

Better Wikipedia Captions

I’d hardly call this exciting, but apparently some of the $200 million paid for Powerset will help Live Search better display Wikipedia results. [Yawn!]

Related Searches

"Related searches" have been around for eons. Still, Microsoft is excited to join the year 2008, with Powerset’s Factz.

Only a small, randomly selected audience will see the new features. If you’re not one of those chosen for the test, something tells me you won’t be heartbroken over it. ;-)

PS. Dear Microsoft, you need better screen-grabbing tools–the above images look awful!