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A strong search function — which helps people find documents wherever they're stored — is part of that "shared computing" vision. But Gates says Microsoft is developing its own technology, not looking to buy Google's. "We made that decision a year ago," he says. Microsoft demonstrated a prototype at the show.
Did anyone take a peek?
That said, Google came from nowhere.
I am really looking forward to MSN's offering. I am also gutted that nobody here seems to have sneaked a peak. What planet are we on if none of us managed to sneak a peak at something on show at a MAJOR exhibition from the largest web property in the world?
If they can build up a big head of steam for the arrival of their new engine, i.e. financial and media pandamonium, so that us lot as webmasters in varying capacities and searchers, get a real sense of the occasion and reality of a brand new search engine coming on board, watch G's user figures decline big style.
Gates rarely makes statements that are going to benefit anyone else!
If MSN or whatever the name of the SE is going to be, can actually produce clean un-spammed SERPs, then G should watch out!
Gates demonstrated an advanced search technology project from Microsoft Research, code-named "Stuff I've Seen". Similar in concept to the "Recent Documents" feature, the technology is consolidated into a single user interface to retrieve diverse kinds of information on a PC (such as e-mail, Web browsing history, Office documents and other file types).
I think it's local search Gates was talking about.
Here's something I'd like to see, read it in inforworld [infoworld.com]:
In a lighter moment, which has become a traditional part of Gates' keynote speech at Comdex, he showed a spoof of The Matrix with Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer cast as Neo and himself as Morpheus.
Some might think The Matrix is an odd choice for Microsoft to parody since the movie is about the human race being enslaved by malevolent cyberintelligence, basically software. Neo, a hacker, joins Morpheus and his group to destroy The Matrix.
In Microsoft's version, The Matrix is a world filled with IT consultants working for IBM Corp. and selling Linux, while the world outside The Matrix is Windows, which "frees the IT masses," Gates says in the parody.
Not to be condescending, but (myself included) I don't think many people in here are making business decisions on the scale of money that merits going to Comdex...
Having said that, I can smell that somebody in here has the inside info, and wants to keep the beans on MSN's upcoming algo all to himself! ;)
Showcasing some of the results of the company's $6.8 billion investment in research and development this fiscal year, Gates demonstrated an advanced search technology project from Microsoft Research, code-named "Stuff I've Seen," which explores ways to provide a single user interface to dynamically retrieve diverse kinds of information on a PC (such as e-mail, Web browsing history, Office documents and other file types), and emphasized the company's long-term commitment to revolutionizing the way software helps people deal with a growing amount of digital information.
while the world outside The Matrix is Windows, which "frees the IT masses,"
LOL, this is weird :)
I really don't think that MS and Google will take away visitors from the other. I think they will develop different user bases.
In a year we'll all be using MSN for finding products and Google for finding information.
which explores ways to provide a single user interface to dynamically retrieve diverse kinds of information on a PC
This is perhaps more up the M$ alley than what Google does.
and emphasized the company's long-term commitment to revolutionizing the way software helps people deal with a growing amount of digital information.
Not the same the same thing as a spam-free search engine. It has yet to be seen whether or not M$ can even come close to a search engine like Google, yet many seem to think its a forgone conclusion that they can pull it off. I am not convinced. They may be the biggest, but have yet to demonstrate they are the best.
Non-commercial listings, if present at all, appear after no less than five classes of paid results, and are not even represented in the "total number of results" until AFTER you've scrolled down through all the paid results.
This makes more sense to me. IMO, M$ is once again betting on the masses going with convenience (longhorn with PC search features and a redesigned adequate SE) as opposed to quality.
What planet are we on if none of us managed to sneak a peak at something on show at a MAJOR exhibition from the largest web property in the world?
I am the IT director for a multi-billion dollar company, and Comdex has been a lame show for a long, long time. It was useful back in the mid-90s, but now, worthless. I used to send people to the show to find out what was coming, but it was a complete waste of money, time and effort.
We've never been in any talks with Google about any acquisition thing in any way, shape or form," Gates told USA TODAY last week.
Do you think that maybe that implies they HAVE been in talks about putting Adwords on the site? It would be easy for the original rumours to be misconstrued?
From the Mercury News, by Dan Gillmore.
On Oct. 31, the New York Times reported that Microsoft had discussed a buyout with Google. [...] This week, USA Today quoted Microsoft's Bill Gates, who said such discussions didn't happen. [...]
OK, someone's lying here.
Any thoughts on what the truth really was?