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In the roughly 90 patents they applied for on November 2, 2006, Microsoft reveals that it is apparently pushing its research in the search engine market. There are a few patents that reveal improved ranking methods and document classification but the real interesting ones revolve around linking related queries, optimizing search, identifying results that are spam, and using a Bayesian classifier to measure feedback from the user...
Patent Links [appft1.uspto.gov]
It's gonna take me weeks to find time to actually dissect all of these. Anyone find any gems in there?
[edited by: JeremyL at 3:51 am (utc) on Nov. 7, 2006]