Microsoft is adding services to its Windows Live portfolio to compete with Google and Yahoo.

Microsoft is readying two new searches - Windows Live Product Search and Windows Live Academic Search - that will be a part of Windows Live Search.

Windows Live Product Search will be similar to Google's price-comparing Froogle service. In a unique move, it’s thought the service will also furnish access to discussions on products from articles and blogs.

Academic Search will allow users to search articles in academic journals or find out if books or articles are available in a library located near them.

Microsoft has confirmed Academic Search will be available in beta form before late September.

Microsoft also recently made available an image search for Windows Live that is similar to Google's image search service. which allows users to search for images on the web.