On behalf of the MSN Search team I’m very pleased to announce that we’ve begun the worldwide rollout of our new algorithmic search service Beta release. I invite you to check it out at http://beta.search.msn.com and send us feedback via the “help us improve” links. You can identify the Beta version by the text “Search (beta)” next to the MSN butterfly logo.
This is an update of the service we started building in early 2003. We released it as a “Technology Preview” in July this year and more recently in early October at http://techpreview.search.msn.com to solicit early feedback. I want to convey a big thank you to all who sent bug reports and feedback on the tech preview… the feedback loop really helped, we learned a lot, and we made a number of changes in response to your suggestions. I hope you’re happy with the results.
If you want to engage in general discussion on the new search service please visit our newsgroup.
We know still have a lot of work left to do. We’ll keep you updated here as we make progress.
General Manager, MSN Search Program Management