2/28/2006

Windows Live Expo Now Available

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 2:20 pm

Microsoft Corp. today will release a beta version of Windows Live Expo (http://expo.live.com) nationwide. Previously in closed beta, Windows Live Expo is now accessible to all U.S. customers and expands the traditional classified ad concept by providing social networking and community features through a trustworthy, convenient and free online service.

鈥淲e鈥檝e been watching our own Microsoft internal marketplace service for the past couple of years and were inspired by employee behaviors. Regardless of the transaction, we noticed that trust and convenience are the key factors to closing a deal,鈥? said Garry Wiseman, product unit manager for Windows Live Expo at Microsoft. 鈥淲hat sets Windows Live Expo apart is that people can set their own search parameters for goods and services. They can define their own marketplace universe.鈥?

Most classified advertising services generalize product location by a pre-defined city location, regardless of where in the city the product is located. However, all products and services listed in Windows Live Expo are geographically identified, or geo-tagged, by ZIP code, not city, which specifically defines where the product is located. Windows Live Expo customers also have the option to search for items within a radius as small as 25 miles or as large as the entire United States, making it easier to define a search. Windows Live Expo listings are also integrated with MSN鈥檚 satellite-image-based Windows Live Local so customers can view maps and aerial imagery of neighborhoods they may want to live in or see exactly where this weekend鈥檚 garage sale is.

Unlike other classified services, Windows Live Expo allows customers to choose to view only listings specific to their MSN Messenger Contact List or personal e-mail groups, helping to add a level of trust in transactions. With MSN Messenger integration, sales can now take mere minutes, as buyer and seller discuss, negotiate and clinch a deal via instant messaging. Also, new with today鈥檚 beta rollout, when someone sends a message about their listing, an alert can be sent to customers via e-mail, instant messaging or mobile phone* via the MSN Alerts service. With upcoming Windows Live Expo releases, listings will be accessible via MSN Spaces blogs.

 

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