Microsoft Releases Updated Live Search Engine: Includes significant advancements in core technology and consumer experience.

Microsoft’s got a new engine update at live.com. Most of it seems pretty subtle, though I noticed that it does have Microsoft’s Encarta coming up for searches relating to quick answers. It only works sporadically though – Encarta appeared with a featured answer for "When was Jesus born?" but not "Where was Jesus born?" Similarly, Encarta came up for "When was the Declaration of Independence signed?" but not "Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?" So, kids, use Live.com for When, not Where.

I haven’t seen much that stands out with the engine update, and often engine updates focus more on the algorithm than the interface, so the changes may appear subtle even when they’re dramatic. I haven’t tried it out much yet but will make a point to do so soon.

Link to the release: Microsoft Releases Updated Live Search Engine: Includes significant advancements in core technology and consumer experience.

Separately, is anything happening with Yahoo? Here’s all I have for you:

Sources close to Yahoo!
say the company plans to unveil significant enhancements to
Yahoo! Web search in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned…