Friday, May 05, 2006

Windows Live QnA

Another day, another Windows Live product!


Windows Live QnA (beta)

In January of this year, we were privately briefed under a very strict NDA about what would eventually be called Windows Live QnA, a product akin to Yahoo! Answers! but aiming to mightily surpass it.

Now that the NDA has been lifted, more info from the team behind it:

This new Windows Live Search vertical offering will help consumers simply find what they need, from anywhere by providing a place for people to ask any question, get credible answers and vote on the quality of the responses on any given topic from a large community of helpful people, not just experts. This service will allow consumers to tap into the power of the online community by facilitating a melting pot of human knowledge that isn't easily accessible or available on the Internet today.

Topics will range from business, health, arts, sports, technology and more.


Key features include:

* In a one-to-many system, consumers may pose questions to the Windows Live QnA community, thereby creating a store of human knowledge containing facts, opinions and experiences on topics ranging from business, health, arts, sports, technology and more.

* People then can rate answers and reputation-based scoring is available so you and others know which sources are most reputable.

* Questions are tagged so others can easily find similar or related questions and answers to learn from

· The ability to mark and remove inappropriate content

Ultimately, QnA will be deeply integrated with Windows Live Search, providing a rich, integrated searching service - enabling you to search and find answers on the Web, or from experts on a given topic as part of a vertical search experience.
Nice, isn't it?
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