Bing is not alone; similar techniques alive and well in existing vertical search

Bing is not alone; similar techniques alive and well in existing vertical search

Summary: Microsoft's Bing is attracting plenty of interest today, and perhaps deservedly so as it brings some interesting fresh ideas to the world of generic search engines. Whether it is sufficiently compelling to break our deeply ingrained association of 'search' with 'Google' remains to be seen.

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Microsoft's Bing is attracting plenty of interest today, and perhaps deservedly so as it brings some interesting fresh ideas to the world of generic search engines. Whether it is sufficiently compelling to break our deeply ingrained association of 'search' with 'Google' remains to be seen.

It should be remembered, of course, that broadly similar approaches are already taken to managing and navigating data inside the data centres of large corporations where Autonomy, FAST, Endeca and their peers provide powerful capabilities.

I recorded a podcast with Endeca Chief Scientist Daniel Tunkelang in January and, by chance, spoke with Robin Johnson yesterday. Robin is CEO of FT Search, part of the Financial Times Group, and responsible for a new vertical search tool called Newssift. Newssift combines components from various technology companies (including Endeca, Nstein, Lexalytics and ReelTwo) to offer a useful means of learning more about businesses and the external factors affecting them.

Topics: Browser, CXO

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  • Cool! Where can I access those on the Internet?

    Can you give me the URLs to some of these search services? I'd love to use them to find my next flight or compare camera reviews.

    PS MS owns FAST, it will help power SharePoint search.
    NonZealot
  • Rubbish post!

    Who the hell knew these sites? Google Wave copied facebook. There is no wrong to absorb pros from other product.
    Gladiatorcn
  • Bing is not revolutionary, it's evolutionary

    I agree with the article: there's about 40 years of Information Retrieval research underlying these new features. To be fair, Microsoft has sponsored a lot of the solidest research recently, people like Susan Dumais contribute a lot to the field.

    If we're lucky, at least one of the new search tools will be both useful and usable!
    nets7