Microsoft Research digs deep

Galli, Peter
October 2004
eWeek;10/18/2004, Vol. 21 Issue 42, p1
This article reports that Microsoft Corp.'s Research division is culminating, with many technologies about to find their way into products. Microsoft Research teams in Beijing, China, Cambridge, England; and Redmond, Washington, have been working on search for years. But, recently, the research and product teams have been working together to build that technology into the MSN.com search engine and "Longhorn," the next version of the Windows client, which is expected to ship by the end of 2006. Microsoft officials confirmed that the company plans to launch its desktop search product by year's end. Meanwhile, MSN is moving forward with plans to launch its algorithmic search technology. MSN plans to combine desktop search of e-mail messages and files with its Web search once both technologies are available. Whether that combination will occur when the desktop search product is launched remains unclear and depends on the timing of MSN's switch to its own Web search technology, also planned for as early as this year.


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