| 5:07 pm on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)|
What you forgot to mention is that Sympatico users will be forced in November to switch their sympatico accounts to a hotmail account. Sympatico is the largest IPS in Canada. Imagine forcing AOL users to adopt a hotmail account.
| 5:18 pm on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)|
It's a two sided merge.
Both sympatico.ca and msn.ca now redirects to [sympatico.msn.ca...]
| 5:40 pm on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)|
Anyone know what index they are using for searches?
| 6:11 pm on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)|
>> What you forgot to mention is that Sympatico users will be forced in November to switch their sympatico accounts to a hotmail account.
The FAQ link on the new Sympatico/MSN home page doesn't lead me to believe this:
|Q: What will happen to my existing Sympatico e-mail and MSN Hotmail e-mail accounts? |
A: Existing users of both Sympatico e-mail and MSN Hotmail® can keep their current e-mail addresses. Sympatico customers will receive instruction on how to integrate an MSN Hotmail account with their @sympatico.ca address
>> Anyone know what index they are using for searches?
It sure isn't Google - it looks like it's the standard [search.msn.ca...] results.
| 6:17 pm on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)|
MSN.ca/sympatico.ca results are similar to results from Yahoo.ca with the "search only pages from Canada" option. There is some sort of filter though, I see a couple of ommissions here and there, and a couple of search positions swapped around.
| 6:19 pm on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)|
The reason I wrote this is because it's written in an article covering the fusion that in November 2004, Sympatico users will be "invited" to switch to MSN/Hotmail. It's from a reputable printed business magazine with a Web portal.
| 6:21 pm on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)|
>>It sure isn't Google
It's been a long time since I stopped monitoring Sympatico, to your knowlege encyclo is this a recent switch?
| 6:42 pm on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)|
It appears that it was just announced today.
|In what is shaping up to become one of Canada's most closely watched high-tech partnerships in years, Bell Canada and Microsoft Wednesday announced the creation of a new "super portal." |
Bell, Microsoft open 'super portal' [globetechnology.com] from the Globe & Mail online.
| 6:44 pm on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)|
Harry, I don't disbelieve you, and you could argue that the wording of the FAQ is a little disingenuous. It could mean, for example, accessing your sympatico.ca address via a hotmail interface. If they cut POP3 access there'll be uproar.
Macguru, I connect via Sympatico Haute Vitesse, but I can't remember the last time I went to their site (I don't use their email either, for that matter). However, I'm pretty sure they served up Google results before. I've checked archive.org, and they were displaying a Powered by Google logo on the front page on April 9 2003, but not after.
| 6:58 pm on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)|
Thanks encyclo! Yes, they used Google before, and Lycos before that (it was a real mess with special characters).
When they used Google on the French version it was with the 'French' filter by default.
I wonder when they switched. I dont have enough log data yet to notice any significant change.
Any one with a Hotmail account in Canada? If so, does it link to this new "super portal"?
| 7:32 pm on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)|
My MSN Messenger now goes to [sympatico.msn.ca...] when you click on the "go to MSN home".
Hotmail still says ca.msn.com and "MSN Hotmail"
| 7:48 pm on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)|
Thanks again Jenstar.
MSN Messenger, is good enough for now... ;)