Microsoft Announces Windows Live Academic Search
April 11, 2006
New research tool delivers enhanced search capabilities to the academic community.

REDMOND, Wash. — April 11, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the beta release of its Windows Live™ Academic Search service in seven countries. The new search service is designed to help students, researchers and university faculty conduct research across a spectrum of academic journals. The program is a cooperative effort between Windows Live Search, industry association CrossRef and more than 10 leading publishers. The initial beta release will target the subjects of computer science, electrical engineering and physics, and the company is working with multiple organizations to bring new subjects online in the near future. Windows Live Academic Search will offer peer-reviewed content from leading scholarly societies such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and leading publishers Elsevier and John Wiley & Sons Inc. Windows Live Academic Search can be found at http://academic.live.com and will provide English-language results in select global markets.

“We are excited about continuing to innovate for the academic community,” said Danielle Tiedt, general manager of Windows Live Premium Search. “By working with academic publishers and customers and understanding their needs, we have been able to create a unique offering to the marketplace that is a win-win for consumers and our content providers. Windows Live Academic Search is another example of our continued efforts to bring innovative search offerings into new categories. We are looking forward to hearing from our customers during this beta period, which will help us improve upon what is available today.”

The Windows Live Academic Search beta is designed to enable consumers to search through thousands of academic journals, serving as a powerful research aid. Key innovations in the user interface and sorting functionality have been designed to help consumers find information faster and truly give them an advantage in their research efforts. Key user features include these:

  • A preview pane, which allows customers to see the abstract of a result quickly by simply hovering their mouse over the result

  • The ability to group and sort results by author, journal, conference and date rather than just looking at a flat list of search results

  • Citation support in two major bibliographic formats, which enables customers to quickly compile citations

  • Author “live links” that will automatically connect to the search results of articles associated with a particular author by simply clicking on the hyperlink of the author’s name

  • A detail slider, which allows consumers to control the amount of information they see in the search results

  • Direct links to publishers’ published version, which allows customers to seamlessly access the full text of the article if they are on the network of the institution that subscribes to the full text

  • Support for macros, which allow customers to more finely tune their search results, and RSS so that consumers can be alerted when new information on a topic or author that they care about becomes available, which can be added to a customer’s Live.com page, will be coming in the following weeks.

“We’re really pleased to be collaborating with Microsoft on an academic search tool that is designed both to improve the online research experience and to respect the concerns of the publishing industry,” said Amy Brand, director of Business Development at CrossRef. “And we look forward to helping bring even more content into Microsoft Academic Search as the initiative develops.” CrossRef is a not-for-profit organization that collaborates with publishers to make reference linking efficient and reliable throughout online scholarly literature.

Other organizations working with Microsoft on the Windows Live Academic Search tool include the IEEE, the ACM, Taylor & Francis Group, the American Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics, Ex Libris Group, TDNet, Blackwell Publishing, Elsevier, Nature Publishing Group, the British Library, OCLC Online Computer Library Center and John Wiley & Sons Inc.

The beta service will be available today with English versions in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, and Australia. Additional markets and content will be added throughout the beta period.

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