[windows2000] Re: Microsoft Launches Web Search Technology

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Microsoft Crawling Google Results For New Search Engine?

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Microsoft Launches Web Search Technology

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By ALLISON LINN, AP Business Writer

SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. finally debuted its own Web search technology on
Thursday, hoping to challenge Google Inc.'s long dominance of the field with
results tailored to a user's location and answers from its Encarta

Google signaled that it is ready for a fight, announcing Wednesday that it
would nearly double the amount of Web pages available to search through its

The Microsoft search engine, offered in 11 languages, will initially be
available on a special "test" site. Gradually, some users visiting
Microsoft's MSN site may find that the existing search bar uses the new
search engine, said Adam Sohn, a director with the company's online
division. But a full rollout, perhaps with new features, isn't expected
until early next year.

Redmond-based Microsoft has long offered a search engine on its MSN Web
site, but the technology behind was powered by subsidiaries of Yahoo Inc.
(Nasdaq:YHOO - news)

Earlier this year, company executives conceded that they had erred by not
developing their own search technology and said they had devoted $100
million in an aggressive catch-up effort. The company also pledged to
clearly separate paid search results from those based purely on the
relevancy. That's something its previous search engine hadn't done but that
the new technology will do.

Microsoft also plans to offer by year's end a test version of its hotly
anticipated technology for quickly locating e-mail, Web pages and other
files on desktop computers. Google launched a similar product last month.

Hoping to steal some of Microsoft's thunder, Google nearly doubled the size
of its search engine index to more than 8 billion Web pages Wednesday
evening. A Google spokesman downplayed the Microsoft connection, saying the
Mountain View-based company had been working on the expansion for months.
Google last expanded its Web index to 4.3 billion pages in February when
another rival, Yahoo Inc., unveiled a search engine powered by its own
in-house technology.

Microsoft says its site will sort through more than 5 billion Web pages.

Analysts say that just because Microsoft is a late entrant doesn't mean it
won't pose a formidable threat to Google, Yahoo and others.

Microsoft's search offering has many features likely to appeal to users who
don't care about particular brands, according to Charlene Li of Forrester

A feature called "Search Near Me" guesses where users are located based on
their Internet connections and seeks to provide results nearby. Another
feature promises to answer plain-language questions such as "What is the
capital of Germany?" by culling through Encarta.

Google also offers a localized search function, with users telling the
search engine where they are. And it has a "Google Answers" site, where
researchers provide data for a minimum fee of $2.50. Microsoft's version is
free but not as tailored.

Li also said Microsoft has another advantage in that many users already
visit its MSN Web site and are familiar with other products such as its
dominant Windows operating system or Hotmail e-mail.

In trading Wednesday on the Nasdaq Stock Market, Microsoft shares closed 4
cents at $29.73, while Google shares lost 84 cents to $167.86 and Yahoo
shares finished off 37 cents at $36.66.


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