WSJ.com - Microsoft to Develop Service Offering Online-Classified Ads "The software maker is hoping to distinguish its service, code-named Fremont, from rivals by tying in functionality with other Microsoft products.
Users will be able to have Microsoft's instant-messaging service alert them if items they seek come up for sale, or if someone is interested in buying something they are selling.
The Redmond, Wash., company is developing ways that people can limit who can see their ads, such as by offering goods only to people on their messenger "buddy list." The service will enable users to limit sales to those attending the same university or working at the same company, based on email addresses.
The service is integrating Microsoft technology for geography-based searching, to let users hunt for items that are for sale in the immediate area."