Live Labs To Focus on "Web experiences" - Microsoft

The economic downturn was part of the reason for the "technology incubation" group's shift "to focus on investments that are more likely to directly impact the company" in a larger way. Live Labs will focus on "Web experiences," including rich data exploration and information retrieval, discovery, navigation, and organization in Web search and other online scenarios.

The Live Labs blog post stated that its Social Streams social media content aggregator will become part of MSN, and pieces of the engineering team will move to work on Windows Mobile, Live Search, and advertising. "Organizations across the company are looking at ways to increase efficiency, at the same time as increasing output and incubation will remain important to the company," said a Microsoft spokeswoman.

Microsoft has about 20 incubation "labs" in other product groups, like adCenter Labs and Office Labs.