Windows Live is now offering a range of "instant answers" for anyone interested in the latest information from Beijing.
A number of specific search terms will bring you the latest update.
The results brings you the latest medal count for Ireland. (You can use this query for any country.)
The results will bring you the latest medal count (obviously this query will be most useful next week!)
This search brings you a tailored result for the athlete you're search for, in this case Ireland's Derval O'Rourke.