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"New MSN Search. Fast.Clear.Easy. MSN Search wants to help you find answers faster. We've been working hard to give you the improvements you've been looking for:
* A new MSN Search home page with easy navigation to popular MSN Features..." and so on.
[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 11:11 am (utc) on July 27, 2004]
One article is the same on both sites and they chose the new site to index? Just trying to understand what the algo is considering important information.
7/27 MSNBC.com Launches Newsbot Beta Powered by MSN Search Technology
Actually that is a NewsBot press release. Not regular search. Hmm...
It's not spammy results, just not good results.
On multiple test searches, important relevant sites were missing.
I don't think this is their real best effort. I think they are waiting to show something better. This must be just to make their competitors feel overconfident.
I am glad to have some more competition in the search world. I just hope that MS doesn't become the behemoth that they are in browsers, OS, etc. They do have a way of squashing the competition!
Isn't this release earlier than expected? Anyone think this has anything to do with the new google IPO?
The beta results appear to be similar, if not identical, to the current MSN results.
The "techpreview" results are horrible for the searches I did. I mean, horrible, and I'm not saying that because my sites don't do well. The results are truly inferior sites.
Of course the preview results are laughably incompetent, nowhere near ready to go, so it was pretty clear already that MSN search is slated for 2005 at the earliest.
Overall i believe the serps are certainly no worse than Yahoo are already supplying - and they are a heck of a lot fresher. In fact at the moment MSN preview has the most up to date versions of pages from one of my main sites - about twice as many as Google.
Having said that i still dont think we will see the new MSN search till 2005.
I'm quite surprise they launch this announcement without any major innovation.
Feel sorry for joe searcher 2 clicks to get to the what they were searching for but so be it but my role is to get visitors to pages and if it means creating whole new layer of pages for Y and MSN so be it