This follows the news of Facebook using Bing to search the social network.
It’s interesting to see Microsoft positioning itself in the social networking space and the search space. It recently abandoned the idea of powering Livre Blog by outsourcing it to WordPress. I interpreted it as a sign of Microsoft moving away from the social media scene. Apparently that was more a repositioning than a moving away.
Making alliances with Facebook might work better for Microsoft in the long run than trying to compete with Windows Live. It’s a shame though, considering that Live Messenger is the most widespread chatting tool and somehow an ancestor of social media.