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article talks about Microsoft's search reasearch dept. This is their 3rd search engine related press release this month...they seem to be getting ready to release their own engine VERY SOON.
184.108.40.206 - - [18/Apr/2003:23:29:22 -0500] "GET /robots.txt HTTP/1.1" 200 409 "-" "MicrosoftPrototypeCrawler (please report obnoxious behavior to email@example.com)"
220.127.116.11 - - [18/Apr/2003:23:29:24 -0500] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 11203 "-" "MicrosoftPrototypeCrawler (please report obnoxious behavior to firstname.lastname@example.org)"
I thought it was spam but the IP address belongs to Microsoft.
And I still find it hard to believe that they are using a 'real' hotmail address for the crawler - they should make it something more professional.
Though with the amount of hype going into it, the number of press releases, and the news about their search department having 70 staffers now, it does seem like they are serious about doing something.