Windows Live: Search Macros in Messenger
A few weeks ago I published information about a Live Search Macro that I had built to search for for SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) related community content. You can read about it here and try the macro out for yourself here.
That’s not why I’m posting though. I’ve had what I think is a cool idea that is based on Live Search Macros. Imagine if you could query one of these search macro without having to fire up a web page. Imagine if you could query it from right within Live Messenger. If the Windows Live team automatically provided a Windows Live Agent for every single search macro it would be a simple job to add the agent to one’s contact list and fire search queries against the search macro from right within Live Messenger. I guess the email addresses for the agents would be consistent, perhaps for mine they could use email@example.com???
Hopefully the Windows Live team are way ahead of me on this one and are already building this functionality. If they aren’t, they should be.
In other Windows Live Agent related news, I’ve heard a whisper that an SDK for building your own agents will be appearing sometime soon. Very cool indeed! The Windows Live Agents team have a blog but unfortunately there’s nothing on it yet. I’ve got it on my blogreader, just in case.
If you want to get a taster of what Windows Live Agents actually are, add these email addresses to your messenger contact lists:
firstname.lastname@example.org – Find out what movies are playing near to you and when. This is a brilliant service but only works in the US unfortunately. Hopefully a UK version will be returned before I return there.
email@example.com – Priceless quotes from the undisputed champion of quotable politicians
firstname.lastname@example.org – Find out what Live Messenger can do that you didn’t already know about
email@example.com – Access on online calendar, news, weather, contacts, calculator and more
Want to know more? These links will help:
- Live Agents on Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions
- A list of some currently available agents on the Live Gallery
UPDATE: They’ve started blogging – first post is here: http://windowsliveagents.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!5BCD45E519E07634!144.entry. They also have a community developer forum at http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=1687&SiteID=1