Microsoft plans to release APIs to help developers build applications that use MSN Search.
Microsoft plans to release at the PDC the MSN Search Web Services API, the MSN Messenger Activity API and an API for its MSN Virtual Earth mapping and search service. In addition, the company plans to announce version four of its MapPoint location-based service.
Nevertheless, Microsoft is confident it can close the gap, and is looking to developers for assistance. The company has done well in the developer community for years, and sells the industry's most popular tools. The company says it has more than 6 million Visual Studio developers worldwide.