Microsoft to fine-tune search engine

Microsoft plans to overhaul its search engine in a bid to catch up with rivals Google and Yahoo, an Associated Press report said.


The report said the Windows Live Search, unveiled in a test form, was Microsoft's latest move in a major strategy shift that had the world's largest software company focusing more heavily on Internet-based software and services.


The report said the goal of the shift, which included initiatives dubbed Windows Live and Office Live, was to create online products to complement its main cash cows, the Windows operating system and Office business software.


Windows Live Search would power queries on, Microsoft's Windows Live Web site, the report further said.