Microsoft to launch rival to Yahoo Answers and Google Answers

Microsoft is set to announce Windows Live QnA beta, a vertical search experience designed to help people find the information they are looking for by allowing them to ask and answer questions from an online community on a given topic.

Consumers will be able to tap into the power of the online community to search for answers on a variety of subject areas and topics including business, health, arts, sports, technology and more. Those interested can learn more and sign up for the beta at http://qna.live.com.

The move comes after the success of Yahoo Answers which hit the 10 million answers mark in May 2006 making it a knowledge hub and coincidentally, a content creator as well.

Even if Yahoo answers is getting a fraction of Youtube’s audience, it is starting to get traction and surpassed Google Answers in January.

The ‘Answers’ clones are likely to be an attempt to get more eyeballs and more viewers to stay on the network for longer. The creation of the answerholicsanonymous site, dedicated to hooked Yahoo Answers users is proof of how addicted one can be to answering questions.