The Search team is just coming to the end of our 1st production development cycle with the new codebase.  After a dozen or so public builds and plenty of feedback, the project has been signed off for production. 

It'll take a few days to get the release management stars in alignment, but the code is locked and loaded.  The code is currently live in the Lab (http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/search), I'll post the live URL later in the week.

Highlights of this release include:
  • Powered by MSN Search - all tabs except Codezone use MSN Search technologies for better relevance and performance.  While superficially this seems like a small thing, this is an enabler for a whole slew of ideas we've got for our next iterations.  This iteration also adds support for MSN's complex query syntax
  • Can switch back and forth between Microsoft and community results with one click without leaving the search page
  • MSDN Forums, with 10,000's of answered questions & an active community generating new answers every day.
  • Codezone Premiere Sites, the best 3rd-party sites for articles & samples targeting the Microsoft developer platform
  • Simpler UI which aligns well with Visual Studio 2005's own search UI
  • OpenSearch - some nifty code to integrate MSDN into IE7, or leverage our search results on other sites.
  • RSS - track developer hot topics on MSDN through your RSS Reader.
Looking to the future, we'll keep the lab going.  We've had a lot of feedback browser compatibility - in coming iterations we're looking at:
  • Improving site "crawlability".  Will help search crawlers get much deeper into the site,  reduce duplicate links, and eliminate those sporadic "d=robots" results.
  • Full XHTML 1.0 Compliance, better support on all browsers that our developers use and no-scripting scenarios for more constrained corporate policies.  (yes that does mean Firefox and Opera)
  • Globalized Language support.
  • "Search From Here" - e.g. all documents that refer to XmlDocument in the System.Xml namespace.
  • Filtering Results.  Different ways to slice and dice results.
  • Technet Support
As developers we've got our own favourites in this list, how would you prioritize this list, what have we missed?