PowerSet and Microsoft Roll-Out First Collaboration Tests

September 18, 2008
Microsoft’s purchase of PowerSet is beginning to yield fruit. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to taste a sample of semantic searching in action, but only if you use MSN Live on a consistent basis because testing is only ‘flighted’ at the current moment.    

I’ll do my best to find reviews of the newest results, but it may be a bit tricky!

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Powerset’s First Live Search Projects

Posted by Mark Johnson
Wed, 17 Sep 2008


Powerset officially became a part of Microsoft a little over a month ago and we’ve already completed our first few integration projects: Freebase Answers, improved captions for Wikipedia results, and new related searches using our Factz engine .�

These projects were meant to be achievable in 30 days and act as a first collaboration between the Live Search and Powerset teams.� We have plans for deeper integration in the future, but these projects gave us an opportunity to get to know our colleagues up in Redmond and drive greater understanding of our respective technologies.� All of these projects are currently being “flighted” on Live Search, which means that they are being shown only to a small percentage of users (if you get one, consider yourself lucky!).� Once we’ve gotten data back from the tests, we’ll plan next steps and decide what features will eventually roll into the product.
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MSN Live Search Update

September 17, 2008

The good folks over at WebmasterWorldForums.com, with their trusty SERP watchers dedicatedly staring at vid screens for endless hours, have reported movement in Live’s SERPs.

There is a speculation that in-link weight has been adjusted, but it will be a few more days before any other noticeable algo changes can surface.

Microsoft Webmaster Tools

August 29, 2008
Although this post is an echo of an earlier post on SE Watch, it’s still important to note that Microsoft, it seems, has a focus lately on giving webmasters info that other SEs have not been as free with. 

Is Microsoft buddying up to the SEO/SEM community? For me, it sure does smell like it.

clipped from blog.searchenginewatch.com

August 6, 2008

Microsoft Webmaster Tools Update

Microsoft has just released an update to their Webmaster Tools. It’s a significant update, with lots of new functionality in it. My guess is that a large number of SEOs will adopt this new tool as a part of their tool set. Let’s take a look at the opening screen:

One of the new features is the “Crawl Issues” report. This provides information on 404 errors, pages blocked by the Robots Exclusion Protocol, and dynamic URLs that have excessively long query strings. One interesting sub-note is that the review guide I received says: “Live Search flags URLs that have exceptionally long query string that could lead our crawler into an infinite loop trying to crawl all the variations due to the large number of potential parameter combinations.”
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Microsoft Opens its Ears to SEO

August 29, 2008
Nathan Buggia posts an article on Microsoft’s Live Search Webmaster Central asking developers and programmers to chime in with their thoughts on how to enhance Micro$oft platforms for better SEO management. 

If you work on a Microsoft platform (Windows, IIS, ASP.Net, Silverlight), stop by LSWC and give ’em your two cents!

Chat Man

clipped from blogs.msdn.com

What’s Broken in the Microsoft Development Stack?

Last week I was at SES San Jose in the “Working Collaboratively with Your IT Dept” session with panelists Greg, Matt, Chris, and Sage, where someone asked which platform they should use for maximum SEO benefit. The answer from the panel was a resounding “Nothing from Microsoft.” While I don’t entirely agree with this advice, I thought it would be a great catalyst for feedback from the community on what we can do to improve our development stack (Windows, IIS, ASP.Net, Silverlight) so they are optimized for SEO by default (also check out the presentation I did on (workarounds for common SEO issues on the MSFT Stack).
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