Looks like the changes to the Live eco system are starting now, or I’ve just been under a rock lately. While searching for information on Japanese television pioneer Kenjiro Takayanagi, I noticed a balloon pop out next to each entry in the Live Search results. Each time I moused over an entry, a little pop out would display with a synopsis of the entry. Pretty cool feature and similar to the Google add in for Firefox that displays a thumbnail of the result. Ask.com had a similar feature, but I don’t think it lasted too long.
Touches like this-and more accurate results-are going to help Live Search a lot, but I doubt Google has anything to worry about for awhile.