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Windows Live QnA

Gary Price writes about Windows Live QnA, an upcoming Live service that allows users to ask questions and get answers, much like Google or Yahoo Answers services. You can sign up to be added, at some point, to the beta, over here. Here’s what Microsoft told Gary:

Windows Live QnA Beta lets you ask any question and get the 411 from people who have the answers you’re looking for. Everybody’s an expert on something–including you–so tap into that collective brain power and contribute your own.

According to Gary, QnA will be free, unlike Google Answers. Paul Miller wonders aloud if Microsoft will properly leverage all the other elements of the Live platform, like Live Messenger, to get important questions straight to the people most capable of answering them, like a virtual reference desk.

I saw this service, then called CQA (Community Questions and Answers) back at Search Champs in January, so I’m not at liberty to say anything more. What I will say is that integration and question targeting was a really big deal at the product session then, and that there are some interesting twists about this service that you’ll find out in the future. Keep watching this space.

May 5th, 2006 Posted by | General, Live, Windows | one comment

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  1. I look forward, then, to seeing the extent to which Windows QnA can be integrated into the workflows of questioner and answerer…

    As the beta appears restricted to the US, I’ll have to wait a while to see it in person, but hope to hear more from those of you who do get to play.

    Comment by Paul Miller | May 6, 2006

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