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  New MSN Search Service Helps Consumers Find and Act on Information More Quickly
Time: 06:09 EST/11:09 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Jonathan Tigner

MSN today debuted a beta version of its new MSNŽ Search service, providing consumers with more useful answers to their questions and more control over their search experience, which results in faster access to the information they are seeking online. The new MSN Search is designed to reduce the time and effort required by consumers to find information online by offering one of the largest, most up-to-date selections of information and a new class of powerful, customizable search tools.

The global beta version of MSN Search is available today for public use in the United States at http://beta.search.msn.com, and worldwide in 26 markets and 11 languages from local MSN Web sites.* The new MSN Search allows consumers to quickly receive relevant answers from a universe of more than 5 billion Web documents.

New and innovative features in MSN Search provide an enhanced search experience by providing relevant answers to direct questions -- such as "What is the second-longest coastline in the world?" -- within the search results. In addition, the Search Near Me feature automatically provides information and resources that are close to home, dramatically reducing the time needed to find geographically relevant information and eliminating the need to sift through thousands of links. Finally, searching for news, images or music is fully integrated into the new, streamlined search experience.

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#1 By 8556 (12.217.173.227) at 11/11/2004 9:24:13 AM
9:15 AM ET: two search results from the MSN beta site produced the following search result:

This site is temporarily unavailable, please check back soon.
Didn't get the results you expected? Help us improve.

This was definitely a new, streamlined search experience.
MSN Search can improve by redirecting to Google, Mooter, or to any functioning search site when the MSN search site is temporarily unavailable. I expect some responses to my comment to be "it's a beta site and you can't expect it to work all the time


#2 By 37 (67.37.29.142) at 11/11/2004 11:55:03 AM
Awesome improvement over their beta that was out up until yesterday. This is just as fast as Google, if not faster. Yesterday when I tested a search at MSN for Halo 2 i received 4 million results. Google had 7+ million results. After the update today, MSN Search for Halo 2 went to 8 million+ results, and Google is still at 7+ million results.

But not is all perfect. Stem cell search results in 2 million at the current MSN Beta, and Google has 7+ million results. The current non MSN Beta Search for Stem Cell is 577,000. So the beta of MSN is surely improved. I don't know how search engines get their results, but I am guessing that the results increase over time based on searches?

#3 By 37 (67.37.29.142) at 11/11/2004 3:29:05 PM
MSN Search (non beta) was launched in 1998.
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2004/nov04/11-11MSNSearchFS.asp

Google (non beta) was launched in September 21, 1999.
http://www.google.com/corporate/history.html

So we know that MSN Search has been available to the consumer for 9+ months BEFORE Google.

#4 By 7754 (216.160.8.41) at 11/11/2004 3:34:49 PM
I'm not sure how much it will help me in searching vs. Google, but some of the search functionality is pretty cool (I could see potentially using the "less popular" weighting of results, for example). But I'm in the newsgroups all the time, so I'm not sure how much I'd visit it at the moment. I'll keep it in mind when Google doesn't produce the desired results.

I also have to say--very, very fast. I'm definitely impressed with the speed so far. I wonder what kind of infrastructure they're using.

#5 By 11888 (64.230.89.250) at 11/11/2004 3:38:10 PM
What the christ does who started first have to do with anything?

#6 By 37 (67.37.29.142) at 11/11/2004 3:57:44 PM
Because "mssucks" said that it is a rip off of Google, when in fact MSN Search was publicly available before Google. I would say Google would be more of the rip off, if anything.

However, there is no question that the simplicity of the search dialog for the new MSN Search Beta that was available up until yesterday was a COMPLETE rip off of Google. It appears that the release today shows a completely different interface than yesterday, making it less GOOGLE appearing.

#7 By 3339 (64.160.58.137) at 11/11/2004 4:47:00 PM
"MSN Search (non beta) was launched in 1998.
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2004/nov04/11-11MSNSearchFS.asp "

Licensing and rebranding someone else's search capabilities does not a first mover make.

#8 By 37 (67.37.29.142) at 11/11/2004 4:53:17 PM
"Licensing and rebranding someone else's search capabilities does not a first mover make."

Doesn't matter. Google is STILL the copy cat as they came to the industry LATER than other search engines.

Please Soda, no spin. This is the No Spin Zone....even though O'Reilly is horrible.

#9 By 37 (67.37.29.142) at 11/11/2004 5:02:40 PM
You know, what I really like is the fact that MS is finally getting competition. Open Office, Google, Firefox, etc. It's making MS actually start to work for it's customers.

Competition is alive and well.

#10 By 3339 (64.160.58.137) at 11/12/2004 12:57:45 PM
"So we know that MSN Search has been available to the consumer for 9+ months BEFORE Google."

Who's spinning? I didn't say Google invented search, I didn't say they were first.

However, you did say: "So we know that MSN Search has been available to the consumer for 9+ months BEFORE Google." Not only is that spin, it's utter nonsense, Brian.

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