SIGIR, Index Sizes and VE

Share
0 Shares

Greg Linden shares his thoughts on some of the MSR papers from this year’s SIGIR. You can find the full-list of the papers on the MSR site. MSN Search’s Erik Selberg notes that “Microsoft researchers co-authored 16 of 79 papers accepted into SIGIR (20%). 11 of these came from MSR-A, Microsoft Research Asia, in Beijing. This is a new SIGIR record for a single group; the previous was 5 from…
Read More

Picked Fresh Daily

Share
0 Shares

One of the key elements of having a great index is having fresh content.  If someone searches for Vista on the day that we announced the name for the next version of Windows then they should be able to see relevant results.  This means that we need to have the content in our index within minutes of these types of events happening. In order to do this we built a…
Read More

Extending Your MSN Search Toolbar

Share
0 Shares

Hello Everyone! After a lot of hard work from the people here and our partners you can now see local Weather reports in the MSN Search Toolbar. Just download our brand-new Weather Add-in and you’ll be able to view a three day forecast at a glance with one click.  It’s the first of many toolbar add-ins that will help you customize your toolbar experience. You can also download the first…
Read More

Get Local Search with Maps and Directions on your phone!

Share
0 Shares

The MSN Search and MSN Mobile teams have recently collaborated and are excited to deliver the MSN Local Search Beta to your mobile device! Currently available in the US, Mobile Search is available on Windows Mobile devices, as well as new phones with WAP 2.0 browsers.  To try out the service, launch your phone’s web browser, and go to http://mobile.msn.com/ and select “Beta Services” from the main menu. So what…
Read More

How’s my stock doing?

Share
0 Shares

When you get asked the same question a half million times a day, you better have a good answer! I’m happy to announce that MSN Search has partnered with the MSN Money team to add a stock quote instant answer for stock related searches. You may ask, what’s a stock related search? Here’s how we decide: Ticker search- If the search term is obviously a stock ticker, for example MSFT,…
Read More

MSN Search in Silicon Valley Tonight

Share
0 Shares

What’s MSN Search doing? How are we doing it? Where are we going? As mentioned on JobsBlog and on AlwaysThinking, MSN Search is going to be in Silicon Valley tonight. Christopher Payne, VP of MSN Search, Ken Moss, GM of Web Search, and Dane Glasgow, PUM of MSN Client, will be speaking. There will also be plenty of MSN Search devs and testers on hand as well to take questions….
Read More

Virtual Earth is one week old – What we’ve learned

Share
0 Shares

We launched Virtual Earth Beta a week ago yesterday, and the response has been overwhelming to say the least. We’ve received a ton of feedback and suggestions from users via email, reviews, and blogs (Check out Jeremy Wright’s review, Austin Pauls’ comments, Search Engine Watch, or this fun thread at /. for a sampling) Work is well underway on the next release of Virtual Earth and your feedback is super…
Read More

MSN Screensaver with Search & RSS

Share
0 Shares

We launched a beta version of the MSN Screen Saver (you can find it at http://screensaver.msn.com) last week. It was built by a few people in our London team. There wasn’t really a business model behind this; someone had the idea to build this because it would be “cool for users” and so we let them go and build it. So what’s the big deal about a screen saver? Well,…
Read More

Virtual Earth is Live

Share
0 Shares

Wow! Virtual Earth (beta) has been released. It’s a beautiful web-site that’s packed full of features including local search, maps, and a scratchpad. I love that I can easily create a tour of seattle; here’s some spots on my personal map of capitol hill. We’re not the only one’s reporting on Virtual Earth’s release, both Search Engine Watch and Chandu Thota have more. I’ve taken the liberty of reposting Chandu’s…
Read More

Tagging Feedback at MSN Search

Share
0 Shares

We find customer feedback quite delicious at MSN Search.  To help the team digest the massive flow of feedback we receive, we designed a tagging and viewing system inspired by the faceted browsing system, Flamenco, developed at UC Berkeley. We’re very happy to have addressed our top feature request in the latest release – yellow page results, called out in the image below as “ypResults” with the introduction of local…
Read More