Microsoft has just released (or is about to) a series of new products: Windows Live Search Beta, Windows Live Toolbar Beta and the next version of Live.com. Details on my ZDNet blog.

One thing of personal interest to me is that a former Read/WriteWeb sponsor, web research product Onfolio, has been acquired by Microsoft and integrated into the Windows Live Toolbar. Congrats Onfolio!

I'll be testing out the new version of Live.com asap. I've actually been struggling with it half the day today, along with PageFlakes and Google Personalized Homepage. They are all unwieldy to use currently. For example half the Live.com gadgets I downloaded didn't work properly. It's early days for these products, but the user experience for all of them leaves a bit to be desired. So I'm keen to see what improvements Live.com has made...