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    Another MSDN blogger talking search

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    Andy Pennell has a pretty thoughtful posting on his blog about some of the problems with relevance and the hard truth about Google. I have had some offline discussion with Andy about what we are doing to improve search, but I still encouraged him to post...
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    PROTOTYPE: New features and Experience

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    Several months ago I promised we would listen and make changes to the search site as you provided feedback. In the last two months since we launched the current search, we have been listening to your feedback and we are working to improve a few more things...
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    A New Day for MSDN search!

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    The MSDN and TechNet search team would like to announce to you the launch of a new MSDN search based on the MSN® Search Web Service. Built on the experience gathered during our Labs deployment, the search team has spent the last three months iterating...
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    MSDN Search powered by MSN - v1 Review and Next Steps

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    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...
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    Cool new search, or google watch out...

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    I want to get your thoughts. Specifically attempt site specific searches or scoped searchs. How does this tool compare to google? What do you think of the interface? Performance? Any thoughts at all. I think this is a great example that there is many...
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    Search Blog and Comments

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    Thanks to everyone who has been submitting comments to the blog about the new search prototype. I want to thank you for taking the time to suggest features or to offer scenarios that you are having trouble with. I wanted to offer a little bit of transparency...
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    Can Q&A improve the search experience?

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    I was looking at the Q&A site on Windows live today. There are lots of questions that could be found in TechNet Forum. For example this question titled " Active directory (AD) and non exchange based EMail addresses " As a component of search, is this...
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    Improved Indexing

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    For the past year, we’ve seen large improvements in relevance and indexing from Live Search —the new, more relevant search engine which powers search on MSN , Microsoft.com , MSDN , TechNet , and inside Visual Studio 2005 ’s Online Search feature. But...
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    TechNet Search Live!

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    Today we released the TechNet scoped version our search experience, I hope you will take a minute, check it out and let us know what you think. We are sharing the learning with our IT pro brothers to improve the IT pro/Dev experience here at Microsoft...
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    MSDN TV: What are we doing and why...

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    I recently spoke to the folks at MSDN TV. I hope this helps you to understand the process that we have been using in developing a new search. Remember, I promised you all that we are just starting this process. We have some new things in the pipeline...
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    Released: Improved Search Autocomplete, and more

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    Today we released a bunch of improvements to MSDN Search , TechNet Search , and Expression Search . The big change is a huge improvement in autocomplete-- from about 30,000 terms to over 2.4 million terms. In practical terms, this means you're at least...
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    MSDN and TechNet are getting a search update!

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    So a few months ago we began the planning for an improved version of the search we provide on MSDN and TechNet. We collected all the feedback we could from the current experience and the feedback from our most recent labs prototype and integrated them...
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    MSDN and TechNet search with refinement capability launches

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    Last week we release a major update to our search tool. We shipped a new version based on the Labs prototype that we launched last spring. This release is full of features that were influenced heavily by YOU! Your feedback, all the emails and comments...
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    Big news this week...

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    Stay tuned... Sorry I haven't posted in a while and I am not able to say much today; other than I have big news this week. I want to be able to tell you, but it is important to talk about it later in the week. So stay tuned. There is probably more news...
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    OOF but here in Spirit

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    So looking forward to the next several releases that are planned for search, but this week I am out. I am going to Virginia Beach for my sisters wedding. I don't want to offend anybody from Virginia but there is no place I would like to be less. I am...
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    Updated: Search beta on MSN

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    Great news today! Thanks to the dedicated work of my team here at MSDN. We have released a update to the search beta site. This update includes the following improvements. MSN based search results Codezone and Forums Searches MSDN Blogs search...
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    UPDATE: Feedback from Customers

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    Just a quick note. (I will follow up with more later.) So far we have had mixed results from you the customer. Thanks for all the constructive comments. So let me address a few: Language Support: Today MSN's crawler doesn't do a great job of reading...
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    Welcome Microsoft MVPs!

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    This week we are hosting the 2007 Global MVP Summit here on the Microsoft Campus. I want to thank all of you who attended the session on VB Help documentation. I look forward to hearing from and corresponding with you about how we can make Microsoft's...
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    More details on MSDN/TechNet Search 3.0

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    This release was driven by customer requests, usability testing, and gap analysis of existing Search features, resulting in three primary search improvements: · Make refining searches easier and more usable · Improve relevance of auto-complete ...
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    Scope of MSDN Search

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    Recently, we have had lots of questions around the differences between pure vanilla MSN search and the MSDN Search Site based on Windows Live. The typical question is about why some content shows up in the MSN Search and not in the MSDN Search Site. The...
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    Released: faster search, code search, and product/version info on results!

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    We just released an update to MSDN Search and TechNet Search with many of improvements! Here's what's new: Improved Performance Matching refinements listed under each search result MSDN Code Search Preview Easier to expand searches to ...
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    Code Search Retiring

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    Hi, In the latest release for MSDN Search, we have retired the Search Code funtionality. We currently have a number of solutions including Library Code Examples and Samples, Galleries and Codeplex which allows our users to search and discover code...
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    New MSDN and TechNet search release

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    You may have noticed we went live tonight with a new MSDN/TechNet search. There's lots to talk about, but given that it's Valentine's Day today, I'm going to leave this at "stay tuned" for now :) Justin Grant or myself (Chris Slemp) will give you the...
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    Some cool toys to play with...

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    If you are a user of Windows Vista there is a really cool Gadget which searches MSDN and provides results in the Gadget. It was developed by Nikhil Kothari whose blog is at http://www.nikhilk.net/ . I will letg you read his post about it. I think it is...
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    And now the news...

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    So I wanted to apologize I have been meaning to write, but... I was so busy working on the new stuff I haven't been able to find the time. I am at DevConnections in Las Vegas this week. I am holding some focus groups on search. But that is not why I am...
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