(Lotsa threads, quite true. Been in on many of them too. Also, my bad for not finishing my thoughts when I first posted.)
Because of all that 'history', I have to wonder why two technologies? Why two research centers? What could they have going on that requires what appears to be two seperate entities/factions?
I heard back from Eytan Seidman regarding how this new one only crawls one very remote, very obsure file as they are experimenting and will never crawl a site completely. Huh? One file and an obscure one at that? <shrug>
http://search.msn.com/msnbot.htm http://research.microsoft.com/research/sv/msrbot/ http://research.msn.com? <-mebe markis00 could provide UA string?
I opened a site, a new one, and saw MSN bot crawling to before Googlebot, In about a day or so when it went alive! And the site didn't have a single link from an external site at that time, I wonder how it finds these pages.
This MSN bot is great technology.
Lots of people get confused between MSN bot and MSR bot, just so if you're confused: MSNbot - Microsoft Network Bot - Used for the search engine currently in development MSRbot - Microsoft Research Bot - Used for the Microsoft Research project or something, they have labs at many locations.