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The future of search
This is not a post lambasting Google – it’s a post lambasting search. When you need a cheat sheet for search , you know there is room for improvement. Wolfram shows us some of what is possible with natural language searches but really, there is so much room for improvement. Search puts too much onus...
17 Aug 2010
A decade in search
Razorfish has released an awesome infogrpahic charting a decade in search – it needs a honking great monitor to see the whole thing but the draggable canvas effect is pretty nice. i just emailed the team at Razorfish to see if we could get the source image loaded in to Seadragon as it’d give another...
2 Mar 2010
Mining The Web’s Meaning
I read the NY Times piece that sat atop Techmeme for a while last week about New Search Technologies Mine the Web More Deeply and it reminded me of the chat I had with an old university pal last week about his company. My pal is Mark Redgrave and he’s CEO of a company called Hapax who have a product...
26 Feb 2009
Microsoft Viveri: search and social networking
…. Todd Bishop has more insight
24 Feb 2009
Will Twitter Knock Google Off Its Perch?
[image credit: Wired] I doubt it….but the meme is growing I first saw a blog post written last week when it was tweeted (of course) by pointing to Google's First Real Threat? Twitter. Today Silicon Alley Insider posted a similar but longer version entitled Google Next Victim Of Creative Destruction...
9 Feb 2009
Tough Talking On Microsoft Search
Tough Love For Microsoft Search is an excellent and thorough blog post from Danny Sullivan that takes Microsoft to task on search. Unlike others, Danny offers some suggestions for what to do. I like two of them Word of mouth and showing people our product by the hand Change the name to Microsoft...
3 Jan 2009
Images Results in Live Search and IE8
looks like Kip and I noticed a new feature in Live Search at about the same time. I meant to post about this last week and just forgot…also noticed it only seems to work in the US right now. quite a cool little feature though that gives you image results directly in the IE8 search box.
18 Nov 2008
Microsoft Filter Pack
I just spotted this on Sarah’s blog on 10 – the 2007 Office System Converter: Microsoft Filter Pack. Quite a mouthful but looks like it’s well worth an install. As Sarah says, Windows Search 4.0 is able to search within Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Office 2007 documents based on the text they contain...
21 Oct 2008
More Olympic Live Search goodness
Whilst we can’t access NBC Olympics site that’s streaming with Silverlight here in the UK, I did stumble across some nice Live Search integration with NBC that isn’t so restricted. When I search for UK medals on Live Search I get the results above. I tried a few other searches like swimming me dals and...
11 Aug 2008
Live Search gets the Olympic treatment
beautiful editions of the Live Search home pages for USA and China . Hat tip to Liveside and Mel has some related discussion.
9 Aug 2008
Live Search gets a new home page
In the US only it seems for now – I like it though and the Live Search blog has all the details. Be sure to check out the hotspots
30 Jul 2008
Microsoft Is Hiring
Whoever placed this ad in the San Jose Mercury News today deserves a gold star award IMHO. thanks to Kara Swisher | BoomTown
19 Jun 2008
Microsoft’s Ad Imperative
Hardly a week goes by without BusinessWeek having an interesting article on Microsoft at the moment. Last week they had a few including this graphic on the ad business that we’re increasingly playing in. There is a Q&A with Kevin Johnson but the Inside Microsoft's War Against Google article was the...
12 May 2008
Playing with Powerset
The much talked about Powerset search engine went live today and though its initial scope is only Wikipedia it’s not a bad place to start. Powerset is dubbed as a contextual-semantic search engine which doesn’t mean much to the average web surfer so we can only hope their results talk for themselves...
12 May 2008
Getting to the top of Google
I read Searching to get to the top of Google in The Sunday Times yesterday and enjoyed it so much I thought I would share here two interesting facts that stood out for me: Forrester Research forecasts that spending on pay per click in America will increase between 2007 and 2012 by 125%...
5 May 2008
Live Search - less is more
The Liveside boys are at it again - first in with the news on anything Live related. The directed me to the new ultra clean Live Search interface . To be honest, we should have done this a LONG time ago IMHO. It's just looks so much more elegant and Web 2.0 - now if they would add blog search in the...
18 Apr 2008
600m searches from Facebook coming our way?
"Exposing the huge Facebook audience to Live Search and monetizing that traffic with paid results is, I'm guessing, a powerful motivator behind this investment," wrote Greg Sterling today Hmm....Josh Catone made me think and then read Don Dodge who provides great coverage. In fact if you take...
26 Oct 2007
Live Search Books...wow
I've been playing around with our Live Search Books this evening and for some reason I wasn't expecting too much - I've always thought if I want to check out a book I'll go to Amazon and read some reviews. That just changed a little and turned my book buying experience on it's head. It also convinced...
16 Oct 2007
Search the Microsoft UK PTS Team Blogs
I came across this cool macro feature of Live search earlier today and decided to create a search that would allow me (and now you) to search quickly across all of the UK PTS team blogs. The 7 guys in the group publish some great stuff week in week out on all manner of topics so for me alone this is...
27 Aug 2007
Microsoft's Swahili search
I heard about Tafiti last week via internal email and it's out in the wilds already - a very nice UI to search that uses Silverlight. I particularly like the tree view, newspaper view and the drop results on glass pane. As Betanews noted, the name means "to search" in Swahili. Give it a whirl...
22 Aug 2007
Microsoft Search Appliance
I've been meaning to blog about this little puppy for a while as James and Mike in my team have been working hard with Scan Computers in the UK to get this in to the market. What is it? In a nustshell, it's a search appliance running Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Search . IT Week in the...
13 Jul 2007
Get a Sharepoint Search eval kit
Courtesy of Mr Pallot - our behind the firewall search technology is pretty smoking. Fancy a trial? What is this going to do for you? Well if you're a Microsoft Partner it's the answer to any questions around a Google Appliance. Hop on over to Mike's blog to find out more Technorati tags: search
15 May 2007
Microsoft Live Search for finding Blogs and RSS Feeds
Some new features are quietly being added to Live Search around RSS, blogs etc. Amit has a pretty good round up of them. Check out http://search.live.com/feeds/ which has a beta of a Live Search for blogs similar to Google Blog Search . Link to Microsoft Live Search for finding Blogs and RSS Feeds at...
25 Mar 2007
Get a free Information Revolution t-shirt
I was ensnared in this ad campaign last week on my way home from Heathrow on the tube. So much so that I whipped out my S620 smartphone and surfed on over to http://www.information-revolution.org On a small screen I got the gist of things and thought it was actually pretty cool - a bunch of blokes from...
20 Mar 2007
Live Search Gadget
The gadgets are starting to come thick and fast now that Vista is out there. Check out this very cool new one from the Live search guys . This lightweight gadget uses a web service to fetch your search results and render them directly in the widget for the fastest search results. Be sure to check out...
8 Mar 2007
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