Opting Out of Open Directory Listings for Webmasters

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Here in Search, we are always interested in hearing about ways to improve the search experience. And, along with Danny Sullivan and Dave Winer, customers have let us know that they wanted us to change how we used Open Directory descriptions in search results. So… we did! Just to give some background, the Open Directory Project at dmoz.org is a repository of millions of human-edited descriptions. Even though these human-edited…
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MSNBC.com News Search

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On April 19th we released a new version of site search for MSNBC.com built entirely on the MSN Search platform. This is a great improvement from our previous site search solutions and one we think that people will find really useful for searching news. Take a peek at http://msnbc.msn.com and try searching for a few of the topics in the news like E3, gas prices or (my personal favorite) Britney…
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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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As you may have heard, we have been working away on a question and answer service for Windows Live Search.  Yesterday a few pages for the beta signup were posted by accident so we decided to get the word out formally and open up the beta invite page at http://ideas.live.com today. You can get a lot more detail on the QnA team blog at http://spaces.msn.com/liveqna, but here is a quick…
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Windows Live Product Search!

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Betsynote: In advance of questions – Yes, this works stuff in Firefox. Yes, I want to go shopping. We are pleased to announce the beta release of Windows Live Product Search (http://products.live.com). Product search leverages the latest research from Microsoft Research Asia to find products available on the internet for sale.  At beta, the index contains commercial offers from over 100,000 sellers, which is made possible by integrating new algorithmic…
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Shoutout to Robert Scoble and our pals at Webmaster World!

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Shoutout from our team to Robert Scoble, who is onstage at Webmaster World Wednesday morning. He will be doing a keynote panel (Morning Coffee Session with The Super Bloggers Of Search (Robert Scoble, Jeremy Zawodny, Matt Cutts ), talking about the cool macros stuff Andy Edmonds showed him last week and of course, the launch of Academic Search. You go, Robert! –Betsy Aoki  4/19 Addendum – the crew wants to send another…
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Windows Live Academic search

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We are pleased to announce the beta release of Windows Live Academic Search (http://academic.live.com).  Academic search helps users to locate information in academic journal content, and allowing them to complete their research and information gathering work more efficiently. At beta, the index focuses on journal content from the subjects of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Physics – we will be expanding the index to additional subjects soon.   Key components of…
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Find a date for the holidays

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Betsy Aoki’s note: I am using this opportunity to horn in on a blog post with an intriguing subject line and announce my presence on the MSN Search blog. While it seems hard to fill  Brady Forrest’s shoes (because I think he’s at least a men’s size 11 and I’m a women’s size 8) , the search powers that be over here have asked me to take on the running…
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MSN Search Outage

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First of all, we’d like to apologize for the lateness of this blog post. We know folks have been concerned about the recent outage of MSN Search, what that means for them and us, and what we are doing to address it. A lot of the team was engaged in technical matters yesterday and today is really the first chance we’ve had to catch our breath and talk more about…
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Build Your Own Search Engine

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Ever wanted to create your own search engine?  Or use a search engine that’s tailored to the specific topic you’re interested in?  Last Friday we released a new Live Search feature called Search Macros that enables you to do this! What are Search Macros?Search Macros are a feature of Live Search that make results more relevant for a given search topic.  This is done by easily using, creating and sharing…
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New Toolbar Release: Windows Live Toolbar beta available

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We have released the Windows Live Toolbar beta which adds some really cool technology from Onfolio, a company we just acquired. Onfolio grabs scraps of web pages to be shared or viewed later, which is my favorite part. Also, it allows you to collect and read feed collections via a great reader that is integrated into IE so you can read all your feeds in one place. This is a…
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