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MSN.com vs Windows live.

Live seems to default to the local MSN seach.



12:50 pm on Sep 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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In my case (in Spain) I notice that the basic Windows live search is bringing up the same results as MSN.co.uk.

Do others see this? is this the way Windows live is supposed to default?

Seems wrong to me.


2:12 pm on Sep 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

Interesting. Is English you first language or Spanish? See what happens if you use a colloegue's computer, who has set his language options to Spanish? It is quite possible that MSN thinks you are english even though you are in Spain.


2:27 pm on Sep 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I am at home, so don't have the luxury of collegues.

Windows location set as Spain.
Language set as English (US).

In fact I would expect that the results when choosing "the web" and without any customization of the user interface should be the same as MSN.com.

In other words, Spanish/English is not the issue.

The issue is that windows live gives me results from msn.co.uk without me specifiying that I want results from there.

I seem to recall this happening when MSN.com rolled out its beta three years ago.

MSNdude? can you shed any light?


9:29 pm on Sep 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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In live.com (main page), if you select "options" you can tell it your language and location. Even if you are in Spain, if you have set that to English (UK) we'll assume that's what you want. If you don't set it, it will guess, using things like Windows settings and Toolbar settings (if any).

Hope that helps.


10:09 am on Sep 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks MSNdude for the clarification.

FWIW, I think that MSN.com should be the default with the -option- of people choosing the more restrictive local versions if they prefer.

I personally don't like the local db versions of any of the search engines, I simply believe them to be inferior for the majority of searches.


11:35 pm on Sep 11, 2006 (gmt 0)


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