CES, MSN & Vegas

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We’ve packed our bags and sunglasses for the annual CES conference in Vegas.  Stop by to visit, ask a question, or see us demo MSN Web Search and the MSN Toolbar Suite Beta with Desktop Search at the Microsoft booth (7145). There will also be folks from MSN Messenger, TV and Entertainment teams demonstrating their latest and greatest!   – Heather Gordon, Product Planner

MSN Search’s Wiki

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We started the blog to be able to talk to you, our users, and it has been a great success. We have decided to create the MSN Search wiki to add a way for you to talk to us (in addition to your blogs, Webmaster World & our Newsgroup). We will be paying attention find out what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong. Tell us! The…
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Now showing: http://www.deskbarshortcuts.com

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Pablo has cooked up a shiny new site to share, try out, and submit deskbar shortcuts to!  Most impressive is the desktop shortcut to submit a desktop shortcut. :-) Assuming that you have the deskbar, create this shortcut @ds,http://www.deskbarshortcuts.com/index.php?q=$w and then you can submit shortcuts from your deskbar like in these examples: ds @a9,http://a9.com/$s or ds a9=http://a9.com/$s Go check out http://www.deskbarshortcuts.com now! – Bubba Murarka

MSN Desktop Search Beta Feedback Roundup

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Monday was incredible! We are very excited about all of the feedback we received from you blog posts, comments, discussion groups, and through online feedback via our website.  Scoble posted two solid round ups of the word on the street. Thanks to everyone who has already given the beta a spin.    We are still going through everyone’s reactions on the release, but we wanted to address some of the…
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SES Party Tonight

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If you’re at SES, please join us tonight (Wednesday December 15th) for cocktails and food from 5:30pm-9:00pm.   Come by the MSN Search booth for party information and directions.  (For those who need transportation, it will provided from the Hyatt Regency McCormick place, please meet in the lobby at 4:45pm). – Brady Forrest, PM

Announcing MSN Desktop Search

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Today we officially announced the Beta release of MSN Toolbar Suite with Desktop Search.  We are excited to hear what you think and to see how Desktop Search gets used.  Check it out at http://beta.toolbar.msn.com when you have a chance and send us feedback!   With Desktop Search you can quickly find files, emails or pictures on your computer.  We hope you find it’s not just a fast way to…
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MSN Teleconference on Monday

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A press release announcing an MSN conference call has just hit the wires and we wanted to invite all of you to listen in. Yusuf Medhi, MSN VP, will be hosting the listen-in call. We’d love it if you told the blogosphere what you think of Monday’s news. Here are the details for how to call in:  When: Monday, Dec. 13, 2004; Teleconference begins at 10 a.m. PST Call-in number (U.S.):…
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Visit us at SES

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Next week myself and a couple of others are going to be at SES in Chicago. We’ll be doing demos of the Beta, fielding questions and listening to what the attendees have to say. Stop by, say ‘Hi’, and get a t-shirt (we’re right by the entrance). On Tuesday, Eytan will be a part of a panel entitled ‘Successful Site Architecture’ (you have to scroll down to find it). This…
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How do you spell Levenshtein?

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Doing a good job of helping Search users to correct misspelled queries is super important for two main reasons: a) 5 billion crawled docs and a bleeding edge ranking algorithm can’t do much if the query isn’t spelled right and b) more than 10% of all searches are misspelled! So we made sure our new search engine included a revamped spelling correction system that’s much better than our old one….
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Search Beta Extensions

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We’ve found quite a few people have added on extensions to the beta.  It’s great to see more people playing with the new engine. Here’s a tool from DEVPPL that can be used to evaluate your rank on the Beta.  Martin created an MSN Search Beta desktop widget. And Ryan has created a Firefox plug-in for the Beta. Thanks for your contributions!    osh