I know that Google rocks.  I have the toolbar.  I'm a card-carrying member of the Google API fan club.  I hound their employees for autographs during their annual company SkiFest at Northstar-at-Tahoe. But I've often wondered when and how Google might someday let me down.  Today, it happened.

Google doesn’t always rock.  In this case, it doesn't even gravel.

In a side-by-side taste test, search.microsoft.com outperformed google.com when searching for documentation on a slightly out of date and discontinued Microsoft product, BackOffice Server.

Search String:
”BackOffice Developer's Guide”

From www.google.com, you get the following 13 useless hits.  Change the search string to "BackOffice Developer's Guide" site:microsoft.com and google performs even more miserably, returning only 2 worthless hits.


From www.microsoft.com, you get three good download links.


Key Takeaway:

Search.microsoft.com rocks!  Rumor has it that up to 2/3rds of the content on MSDN is not mirrored on Google.



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