Shared Search on Messenger

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Yesterday marks the release of Messenger 7.0 for Windows (and the official launch of Spaces). If you download the new IM client you’ll see that we’ve added 3 ways to search the web. There’s a search box on the buddy window and you can right-click on text in the conversation window, both of these allow you to pick from our verticals. The third way is a new button right under…
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Guess who’s back?

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Hello World.    I’ve been quiet for some time now, and I have no good excuses with so much going on in Desktop Search Space (well there was that month in the Bahamas…I wish!).  Google went final with their Desktop Search and unveiled a nifty plug-in community space on their site.  Yahoo partnered with X1 to release a desktop search tool under their brand and recently updated it to include…
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IE Search Prefixes

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We’re always looking for ways to give you search results faster.  The popular Desktop Search Shortcuts from MSN Desktop Search are good examples of this.  On a related note, Internet Explorer (5.0 and above) has a little known feature that lets you quickly search for something on any site: IE Search prefixes. After the search prefixes are set up, you can type a single word identifier (prefix) and search query…
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On RSS & RSS Bandit

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When I was at etech last week checking out all the wonderful things that people are building on the web and with machines I had a number of people ask me about our RSS feeds and what was permissible. As we said in a previous post they are for end-user, non-commercial applications; we released them so that people can track MSN searches via their personal RSS readers. Very specifically not…
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College Hoops, MSN Search Style

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During this period of madness, we have a special treat for all you college basketball fanatics. We rolled out some instant answers for the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament.   We teamed up with FOX Sports to show real-time scores and schedules during the games. You get a quick snapshot of the tournament just by searching for “college hoops”. You can also track a specific team such as “niagara…
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Announcing Search Champs v2

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In October 2004, about 30 technology enthusiasts from around the world came to our Redmond campus to take part in an early preview of the new MSN Search service and assist us in the development process. The Champs reviewed our product plans from the bottoms up, including the current and upcoming features as well as future ideas that hadn’t made it into our first version release. Our goal was to…
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More Than Human

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We want to take a moment and congratulate a teammate of ours. This past Tuesday, Ramez Naam, the GPM of our algorithmic results, officially became a published author (and blogger). His book, “More than Human“, discusses both the promises & pitfalls that bio-enhancing technology hold for our world. In his own words: I wrote this book to cover these two, interrelated topics: 1) The science of human enhancement – what’s…
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SES NYC Party

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Our MSN Search Party at SES turned out to be a big success, with the entrance continually packed with over 400 people attending the event.  The event took up four rooms of a great restaurant in New York called The Park.  The party was conversation filled and entertaining, with people mingling from the first floor to the second eating, talking and drinking. Thanks for coming! Kristine Bangert, MSN Marketing  

MSN Found

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So, we’ve been reading some interesting posts lately about MSN Found. It seems that people are taking us a bit too seriously and have a not-so-accurate perception about what it’s really about. The campaign is simply meant to be an alternative way to entertain people and let them know about MSN Search. The pages aren’t supposed to be “blogs” but are character pages – this is a fictional search “opera,”…
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Delving Into Encarta Answers

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In the initial MSN Search Beta release we introduced a feature called Encarta Answers. This provides direct answers to all sorts of questions related to geographical locations, historical figures, definitions, calculations, conversions, and simple equations.  Encarta Answers show the exact answer to your question or query right at the top of the MSN Search results pages. Here are just a few examples of things you can do with Encarta Answers:  – What…
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