Cool IE8 Tip: Answer Suggestions

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Starting today, the default Live search in IE8 is so smart it can answer some of your questions before you finish asking them. For example, with Live set to default in IE8, try typing "MSFT" in the search box. No sooner does your finger lift off the T before Live provides a stock chart for you. (The feature is US only right now.)

It works with other queries as well. Try typing in "weather", or a conversion like "60 degrees F in C", or a definition like "define irony". It works with calculations and equations too, like "2+5" or "x*8=16". And you can get movie information by putting in a theater name or movie like "Benjamin Button".

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    Can you tell us why its US only? Is there some technical reason why this can't be available to the other 200+ coutnries in the world or is it political? Or is ti ebcause someone simply couldn't be bothered doing their job properly.

    This incessant dismissal of the rest of the world by the Live Search team stinks!


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    John Ellis

    It's a Microsoft wide thing at times, I am waiting for Zunes in the UK, and Canada doesn't even get the marketplace despite the having the device.... it makes no sense.

    MS really needs to pay more attention to the rest of the world.

  • User profile image
    Thanks for your feedback, and I have passed it along to other teams. As for this feature (Answer Suggestions), they are working on enabling it for other english markets and will consider expanding again after that push.

    As for other Microsoft products, it's a different for each and I'll follow up and try to spread transparency back to you folks.

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