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Search Blog — Mar 2009

  • March
    05

    Your everyday online cash detector

    Maybe you’ve heard about Live Search cashback before — and maybe you’ve even taken advantage of it… If you have, you’re going to end up running into a predicament like the one below, sooner or later. (This actually happened to a colleague of mine recently): “ I bought a Wii online; and then found out the next day that I could have saved almost $100 had I used Live Search Cashback!! I was so mad. ” Now, I don’t want this to happen to you. And I’m going to share with you a great tool that ensures that it won’t. The MSN Toolbar ( http://toolbar.msn.com ) contains a cashback–offer-detecting mechanism. This means that wherever you search online — whether it’s Yahoo, Live, Google or Craigslist — the toolbar will gleam an icon if there is cashback available for the item you searched for. It never fails, and when you click the gleam it brings you to the page where the cashback offer is available. The toolbar comes with a bunch of useful functionality — and it definitely comes with some peace of mind: You won’t miss a great deal, wherever you go online. Don’t leave your home page without it... Read More Maybe you’ve heard about Live Search cashback before — and maybe you’ve even taken advantage of it… If you have, you’re going to end up running into a predicament like the one below, sooner or later. (This actually happened to a colleague of mine recently): “ I bought a Wii online; and then found out the next day that I could have saved almost $100 had I used Live Search Cashback!! I was so mad. ” Now, I don’t want this to happen to you. And I’m going to share with you a great tool that ensures that it won’t. The MSN Toolbar ( http://toolbar.msn.com ) contains a cashback–offer-detecting mechanism. This means that wherever you search online — whether it’s Yahoo, Live, Google or Craigslist — the toolbar will gleam an icon if there is cashback available for the item you searched for. It never fails, and when you click the gleam it brings you to the page where the cashback offer is available. The toolbar comes with a bunch of useful functionality — and it definitely comes with some peace of mind: You won’t miss a great deal, wherever you go online. Don’t leave your home page without it... Read More
  • March
    03

    Testing…One…Two…Three!

    Many of you have probably seen the press coverage in the last day or so about the internal testing Microsoft employees are doing on our search product. There’s a good deal of excitement brewing over this test, both internally and externally, which we’re always glad to see. There have been lots of questions about why we’re not opening this test to the public. This sort of internal testing is actually fairly commonplace at Microsoft and something we do with many of our products before we decide to release things publicly. Our hope is that our employees will give us great feedback on our new features and that it all becomes part of the external experience soon. In the meantime, we thought we’d give you a sneak peek at a screenshot of one of our favorite queries. We'd love to hear your thoughts. There has also been a fair amount of speculation around the use of the Kumo brand and URL, and whether this means that we are rebranding Live Search. We’re using the Kumo brand and URL for this test experience to make sure employees understand they’re in a test experience. We believe this will encourage more active feedback. As for rebranding, it’s something... Read More Many of you have probably seen the press coverage in the last day or so about the internal testing Microsoft employees are doing on our search product. There’s a good deal of excitement brewing over this test, both internally and externally, which we’re always glad to see. There have been lots of questions about why we’re not opening this test to the public. This sort of internal testing is actually fairly commonplace at Microsoft and something we do with many of our products before we decide to release things publicly. Our hope is that our employees will give us great feedback on our new features and that it all becomes part of the external experience soon. In the meantime, we thought we’d give you a sneak peek at a screenshot of one of our favorite queries. We'd love to hear your thoughts. There has also been a fair amount of speculation around the use of the Kumo brand and URL, and whether this means that we are rebranding Live Search. We’re using the Kumo brand and URL for this test experience to make sure employees understand they’re in a test experience. We believe this will encourage more active feedback. As for rebranding, it’s something... Read More