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Search Blog — Dec 2004

  • December
    22

    MSN Search's Wiki

    We started the blog to be able to talk to you, our users, and it has been a great success. We have decided to create the MSN Search wiki to add a way for you to talk to us (in addition to your blogs , Webmaster World & our Newsgroup ). We will be paying attention find out what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong. Tell us! The MSN Search wiki is a part of Channel9 so you will need a log-in to edit it (anyone can read it). Special thanks to Jonathan Hardwick for his help with this! -- Brady Forrest, PM We started the blog to be able to talk to you, our users, and it has been a great success. We have decided to create the MSN Search wiki to add a way for you to talk to us (in addition to your blogs , Webmaster World & our Newsgroup ). We will be paying attention find out what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong. Tell us! The MSN Search wiki is a part of Channel9 so you will need a log-in to edit it (anyone can read it). Special thanks to Jonathan Hardwick for his help with this! -- Brady Forrest, PM
  • December
    17

    Now showing: http://www.deskbarshortcuts...

    Pablo has cooked up a shiny new site to share, try out, and submit deskbar shortcuts to! Most impressive is the desktop shortcut to submit a desktop shortcut. :-) Assuming that you have the deskbar, create this shortcut @ds,http://www.deskbarshortcuts.com/index.php?q=$w and then you can submit shortcuts from your deskbar like in these examples: ds @a9,http://a9.com/$s or ds a9=http://a9.com/$s Go check out http://www.deskbarshortcuts.com now! - Bubba Murarka Pablo has cooked up a shiny new site to share, try out, and submit deskbar shortcuts to! Most impressive is the desktop shortcut to submit a desktop shortcut. :-) Assuming that you have the deskbar, create this shortcut @ds,http://www.deskbarshortcuts.com/index.php?q=$w and then you can submit shortcuts from your deskbar like in these examples: ds @a9,http://a9.com/$s or ds a9=http://a9.com/$s Go check out http://www.deskbarshortcuts.com now! - Bubba Murarka
  • December
    15

    MSN Desktop Search Beta Feedback Roundup

    Monday was incredible! We are very excited about all of the feedback we received from you blog posts, comments, discussion groups, and through online feedback via our website. Scoble posted two solid round ups of the word on the street. Thanks to everyone who has already given the beta a spin. We are still going through everyone’s reactions on the release, but we wanted to address some of the top issues that have come up so far: How can I search the contents of Adobe PDF files? At the end of setup you need to download and install a plug-in that will enable Desktop Search to search the content of all Adobe PDF files on your computer. If you did not install the plug-in when you first installed MSN Toolbar Suite, you can install it now . After installing the plug-in your PDF files will begin getting added to your index. Will Desktop Search support Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP x64? What about support for different languages? For the beta we are supporting English US Windows 2000 SP4 and Windows XP, however we are working to support additional OSes and languages in future releases. We hear your feedback on the importance of getting support out sooner than later! Why aren’t Desktop... Read More Monday was incredible! We are very excited about all of the feedback we received from you blog posts, comments, discussion groups, and through online feedback via our website. Scoble posted two solid round ups of the word on the street. Thanks to everyone who has already given the beta a spin. We are still going through everyone’s reactions on the release, but we wanted to address some of the top issues that have come up so far: How can I search the contents of Adobe PDF files? At the end of setup you need to download and install a plug-in that will enable Desktop Search to search the content of all Adobe PDF files on your computer. If you did not install the plug-in when you first installed MSN Toolbar Suite, you can install it now . After installing the plug-in your PDF files will begin getting added to your index. Will Desktop Search support Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP x64? What about support for different languages? For the beta we are supporting English US Windows 2000 SP4 and Windows XP, however we are working to support additional OSes and languages in future releases. We hear your feedback on the importance of getting support out sooner than later! Why aren’t Desktop... Read More
  • December
    15

    SES Party Tonight

    If you're at SES , please join us tonight (Wednesday December 15th) for cocktails and food from 5:30pm-9:00pm. Come by the MSN Search booth for party information and directions. (For those who need transportation, it will provided from the Hyatt Regency McCormick place, please meet in the lobby at 4:45pm). -- Brady Forrest, PM If you're at SES , please join us tonight (Wednesday December 15th) for cocktails and food from 5:30pm-9:00pm. Come by the MSN Search booth for party information and directions. (For those who need transportation, it will provided from the Hyatt Regency McCormick place, please meet in the lobby at 4:45pm). -- Brady Forrest, PM
  • December
    13

    Announcing MSN Desktop Search

    Today we officially announced the Beta release of MSN Toolbar Suite with Desktop Search. We are excited to hear what you think and to see how Desktop Search gets used. Check it out at http://beta.toolbar.msn.com when you have a chance and send us feedback ! With Desktop Search you can quickly find files, emails or pictures on your computer. We hope you find it’s not just a fast way to search, it’s a better way to get your everyday tasks done. Over the next few weeks we are planning to write up some of our favorite tips and tricks for getting the most out of Desktop Search. Here are two quick ones to get you started in the right way: Start any task, quicker By default you can jump focus to the Deskbar by pressing CTR+ALT+M. For fans of the Window’s key – go to Deskbar options and enter SHIFT+Q (or any letter not already in use). Now when you press Windows+Q you’ll jump to the Deskbar and be ready to search right away. Find entire conversations After finding an email you were looking for, try right-clicking on it. Select “Show Conversation” and we’ll automatically refine the search results to show all the emails from the conversation thread. - David Dawson, Group Program Manager, MSN... Read More Today we officially announced the Beta release of MSN Toolbar Suite with Desktop Search. We are excited to hear what you think and to see how Desktop Search gets used. Check it out at http://beta.toolbar.msn.com when you have a chance and send us feedback ! With Desktop Search you can quickly find files, emails or pictures on your computer. We hope you find it’s not just a fast way to search, it’s a better way to get your everyday tasks done. Over the next few weeks we are planning to write up some of our favorite tips and tricks for getting the most out of Desktop Search. Here are two quick ones to get you started in the right way: Start any task, quicker By default you can jump focus to the Deskbar by pressing CTR+ALT+M. For fans of the Window’s key – go to Deskbar options and enter SHIFT+Q (or any letter not already in use). Now when you press Windows+Q you’ll jump to the Deskbar and be ready to search right away. Find entire conversations After finding an email you were looking for, try right-clicking on it. Select “Show Conversation” and we’ll automatically refine the search results to show all the emails from the conversation thread. - David Dawson, Group Program Manager, MSN... Read More
  • December
    10

    MSN Teleconference on Monday

    A press release announcing an MSN conference call has just hit the wires and we wanted to invite all of you to listen in. Yusuf Medhi , MSN VP, will be hosting the listen-in call. We’d love it if you told the blogosphere what you think of Monday’s news. Here are the details for how to call in: When: Monday, Dec. 13, 2004; Teleconference begins at 10 a.m. PST Call-in number (U.S.): (800) 559-9370 International: +1 (847) 619-6819 When prompted, you will need to ask for the MSN teleconference to gain access to the call. After the call you can check our press site for a transcript and other press materials -- Brady Forrest, PM A press release announcing an MSN conference call has just hit the wires and we wanted to invite all of you to listen in. Yusuf Medhi , MSN VP, will be hosting the listen-in call. We’d love it if you told the blogosphere what you think of Monday’s news. Here are the details for how to call in: When: Monday, Dec. 13, 2004; Teleconference begins at 10 a.m. PST Call-in number (U.S.): (800) 559-9370 International: +1 (847) 619-6819 When prompted, you will need to ask for the MSN teleconference to gain access to the call. After the call you can check our press site for a transcript and other press materials -- Brady Forrest, PM
  • December
    10

    Visit us at SES

    Next week myself and a couple of others are going to be at SES in Chicago. We’ll be doing demos of the Beta , fielding questions and listening to what the attendees have to say. Stop by, say ‘Hi’, and get a t-shirt (we’re right by the entrance). On Tuesday , Eytan will be a part of a panel entitled ‘Successful Site Architecture’ (you have to scroll down to find it). This session will review what a site can do to optimize for being crawled. On Thursday , Ken Moss will represent us (again) at the ‘Meet the Crawlers’ session. Attend to question Ken and representatives of Google , Yahoo and AskJeeves about our respective crawlers and services. See you there. -- Brady Forrest, PM Next week myself and a couple of others are going to be at SES in Chicago. We’ll be doing demos of the Beta , fielding questions and listening to what the attendees have to say. Stop by, say ‘Hi’, and get a t-shirt (we’re right by the entrance). On Tuesday , Eytan will be a part of a panel entitled ‘Successful Site Architecture’ (you have to scroll down to find it). This session will review what a site can do to optimize for being crawled. On Thursday , Ken Moss will represent us (again) at the ‘Meet the Crawlers’ session. Attend to question Ken and representatives of Google , Yahoo and AskJeeves about our respective crawlers and services. See you there. -- Brady Forrest, PM
  • December
    06

    How do you spell Levenshtein?

    Doing a good job of helping Search users to correct misspelled queries is super important for two main reasons: a) 5 billion crawled docs and a bleeding edge ranking algorithm can’t do much if the query isn’t spelled right and b) more than 10% of all searches are misspelled! So we made sure our new search engine included a revamped spelling correction system that’s much better than our old one. To improve the speller we worked with Silviu Cucerzan and Eric Brill from Microsoft Research’s Text Mining, Search and Navigation Group . Silviu and Eric have developed some novel techniques for using search query statistics and iterative transformation of query strings to improve spell correction. Their published paper on this topic – Spelling correction as an iterative process that exploits the collective knowledge of web users –goes into much more detail on some of the technical thinking that inspired the spelling correction system we built. Among others, we also got help from Greg Hullender, a Search engineer who previously worked on some of the earliest spell correction systems and who more recently architected the handwriting recognition algorithms for Microsoft’s Tablet PC software. My... Read More Doing a good job of helping Search users to correct misspelled queries is super important for two main reasons: a) 5 billion crawled docs and a bleeding edge ranking algorithm can’t do much if the query isn’t spelled right and b) more than 10% of all searches are misspelled! So we made sure our new search engine included a revamped spelling correction system that’s much better than our old one. To improve the speller we worked with Silviu Cucerzan and Eric Brill from Microsoft Research’s Text Mining, Search and Navigation Group . Silviu and Eric have developed some novel techniques for using search query statistics and iterative transformation of query strings to improve spell correction. Their published paper on this topic – Spelling correction as an iterative process that exploits the collective knowledge of web users –goes into much more detail on some of the technical thinking that inspired the spelling correction system we built. Among others, we also got help from Greg Hullender, a Search engineer who previously worked on some of the earliest spell correction systems and who more recently architected the handwriting recognition algorithms for Microsoft’s Tablet PC software. My... Read More
  • December
    01

    Search Beta Extensions

    We’ve found quite a few people have added on extensions to the beta. It’s great to see more people playing with the new engine. Here’s a tool from DEVPPL that can be used to evaluate your rank on the Beta . Martin created an MSN Search Beta desktop widget . And Ryan has created a Firefox plug-in for the Beta. Thanks for your contributions! osh We’ve found quite a few people have added on extensions to the beta. It’s great to see more people playing with the new engine. Here’s a tool from DEVPPL that can be used to evaluate your rank on the Beta . Martin created an MSN Search Beta desktop widget . And Ryan has created a Firefox plug-in for the Beta. Thanks for your contributions! osh