Rea Maor seems to think so and has put together a post laying out seven reasons why Microsoft is doomed for failure. Maybe not this year or even the next but he thinks most certainly by the next decade. I am certainly no fan of Microsoft even though I am forced to use their products every day. Therefore a post such as this caught my attention. I think Rea has some very valid points.
I came across a few nifty keyword research tools that Microsoft is experimenting with in adCenter Labs. What is adCenter Labs anyway? It appears to be a place where Microsoft beta tests tools that they might eventually make available for general use. In their About Us page, Microsoft describes adCenter Labs as a place that includes over 100 researchers, analysts and developers, all of which cultivate exciting technologies in the areas of paid search, behavior targeting, contextual advertising, social network analysis, and image/video mining.
TechCrunch is reporting that Microsoft has gathered a team of twenty or more “rock star” developers who’ve been tasked at building their next generation search engine. Few other details are provided with the exception that the engine would be “horizontal” and will be very cool. My reaction – yawn.
A Search Engine Watch thread reveals that Microsoft is banning sites for participating in spammy link exchanges at MSN and Live.com. This type of reciprocal linking is usually conducted with the attempt to artificially inflate the link popularity of a site and as such, assist in improving its rankings in the organic search results. While this is not the first time a search engine has taken action against link exchange schemes, it is the first that I have seen where the engine clearly explains why the site was banned.
Microsoft has just release their Live Search Box which can be added to your own web site. It allows website owners and bloggers the ability to add customized search capability to their sites. The search box enables visitors to search your site, the Web, or any other locations you define.
Kind of a funny headline, “Live Search Now Live” but in reality, Microsoft’s new search platform dubbed Live Search has been in beta for quite a while now but as announced today is now live for all the world to see and use. Microsoft has been testing, accepting user feedback, iterating and testing more since March but now has release their new search platform both at Live.com and MSN.
“The search business has been formed. Microsoft doesn’t have a chance.” That is essentially what Yahoo! Chairman and Chief Executive Terry Semel was quoted as saying at a talk organized by the Newhouse communications school of Syracuse University. In light of last week’s stories questioning the possibility of a Yahoo!/Microsoft partnership to combat Google, he also stated that he had turned down an offer from Microsoft to buy a stake in Yahoo’s search business and that discussions about Bill Gates’ software group acquiring the company had not taken place.
Could Microsoft and Yahoo combine forces to fight Google’s dominance in the search arena? The Wall Street Journal seems to think so. In a story entitled “A Microsoft, Yahoo Tie-Up?”, the WSJ looks at the possibility of the two giants joining forces to take out Google as the dominant force in search.
Google vs. Microsoft. Microsoft vs. Google. The two giants have been at each other’s throats this week as they battle on various fronts. First, Amazon and A9 (owned by Amazon) are no longer carrying Google search results but rather results from Microsoft’s Live Windows. Secondly, Google is whining over the new Microsoft browser, claiming that users will be forced to use Microsoft’s search results and not have much choice in using others.
In the latest of acquisitions, Google has acquired Writely, a collaborative word processor that runs in a web browser. The acquisition was noted on both Writely’s main Web site and on a blog run by Writely co-founder Claudia Carpenter. Now with a word processor in its arsenal, Google continues to tread on ground that was once sacred to Microsoft.
Microsoft launched a new search service today called Windows Live Search. Chris Sherman does a pretty good write up on it at SearchDay. According to Adam Sohn, Microsoft’s Director of Global Sales & Marketing PR, both the new Windows Live Search and the existing MSN Search will be powered by the same underlying technology. Chris adds that Windows Live site will focus primarily on productivity, the MSN brand will continue to evolve as a media and content destination.