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MSN Search was a search engine by Microsoft that comprised a search engine, index, and web crawler. As of September 12, 2006, MSN Search is now Live Search. This offers users the ability to search for specific types of information using search tabs that include Web, news, images, music, desktop, local, and Microsoft Encarta. MSN Search aims to make its over 2.5 billion worldwide queries each month "more useful by providing consumers with improved access to information and more precise answers to their questions." A configuration menu is available to change the default search engine in Internet Explorer, but the selection is sometimes criticized as being limited, and a custom URL cannot be entered without installing an add-on. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x995, 72 KB)search. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x995, 72 KB)search. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Windows Internet Explorer (formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer, abbreviated MSIE), commonly abbreviated to IE, is a series of proprietary graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems starting in 1995. ... For other uses, see MSN (disambiguation). ... Google search is the worlds most popular search engine. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... A web crawler (also known as a Web spider or Web robot) is a program or automated script which browses the World Wide Web in a methodical, automated manner. ... Encarta Dictionary Technology (to be written) Encarta made use of various Microsoft technologies. ... Windows Internet Explorer (formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer, abbreviated MSIE), commonly abbreviated to IE, is a series of proprietary graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems starting in 1995. ... Hi all! Goog directory <a href=http://tajga. ...


MSN Search first launched in the fall of 1998 using search results from Inktomi. In early 1999, MSN Search launched a version which displayed listings from Looksmart blended with results from Inktomi except for a short time in 1999 when results from AltaVista were used instead. Since then Microsoft upgraded MSN Search to provide its own Microsoft-built search engine results (list of web addresses with samples of content that meet a user's query), the index of which is updated weekly or even daily. The upgrade started as a beta program in November 2004 (based on several years of research), and came out of beta in February 2005. Image search was powered by a third party, Picsearch. MSN Search's search engine index now includes more than 5 billion documents, 400 million images and 3 million instant answers. The service has also recently changed its look and started providing its search results to other search engine portals in an effort to better compete in the market. Inktomi was a Californian company that provided software for Internet Service Providers, which was founded in 1996 by UC Berkeley professor Eric Brewer and graduate student Paul Gauthier. ... Looksmarts original site LookSmart owns an internet directory, Wisenut search engine, experimental Grub distributed web-crawling project, FindArticles premium content search and NetNanny desktop parental controls software. ... Inktomi was a Californian company that provided software for Internet Service Providers, which was founded in 1996 by UC Berkeley professor Eric Brewer and graduate student Paul Gauthier. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Picsearch is a Swedish company that develops and provides visual search services, both for their own site picsearch. ...


Live Search

Main article: Live Search

Microsoft is working on a new set of online services and tools called Windows Live, and MSN Search is being updated and rebranded as Live Search. The public beta of Live Search was unveiled on 8th March 2006, and is accessible through Microsoft's Windows Live web portal at http://www.live.com. MSN Search has been replaced by Live Search on September 12, 2006. However, if in Internet Explorer 6 and, probably, older versions of the program, you type a wrong address in the address bar, it will show you a page from the now deprecated MSN Search, saying that the page could not be found. As of May 2007, Microsoft hasn't fixed this yet. It has been suggested that MSN Search be merged into this article or section. ... Windows Live is the collective brand name for a set of services and software products from Microsoft. ... It has been suggested that MSN Search be merged into this article or section. ...


Major competitors

Google is a search engine owned by Google, Inc. ... This article is about the search engine. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Dogpiles main logo // Dogpile is a metasearch engine that fetches results from Google, Yahoo!, Windows Live Search (formerly MSN Search), Ask. ...

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MSN Search Gets New Look; Microsoft Gets New Search Engine (2003 words)
MSN Search continues to show a significant difference in the number of results found in comparison to the same queries at Yahoo, as discussed recently in the SEW Forums.
Having watched and written about MSN Search's upgrades over the years, it doesn't feel that way to me. The service has constantly undergone cosmetic changes like these in the past, including those that were previously said to speed up load time and increase relevancy.
In many ways, MSN Search is in a holding pattern until it gets a heart transplant of Microsoft's own search technology later this year, a time Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has stated.
Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows: MSN Search (3296 words)
But unlike previous versions of the search tool on MSN's Web site, the new MSN Search was built from the ground up, using new search algorithms, a new Web crawler, and a new indexing engine that the company hopes will set it apart from the competition.
But like MSN Search, I didn't get the restaurant's actual home page on the first page of results, which is curious when you consider that its URL is http://www.village-manor.com/.
MSN Search is a work in progress, but it already includes a number of features that make it superior to Google.
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