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  1. Funny that you say “best place to get news on Microsoft is actually on Google.” If I’m searching for something on the Microsoft site (or the MSDN site, for that matter), I have better luck going to Google and doing a site:microsoft.com search than I do using the Microsoft.com search box.

    And I’m not afraid to tell Ballmer about it! ;-)

  2. Funny that you say “best place to get news on Microsoft is actually on Google.” If I’m searching for something on the Microsoft site (or the MSDN site, for that matter), I have better luck going to Google and doing a site:microsoft.com search than I do using the Microsoft.com search box.

    And I’m not afraid to tell Ballmer about it! ;-)

  3. Robert, did you notice how Word 2007 now has a File -> Publish -> Blog option? I thought you’d get a kick out of that :-)

  4. Robert, did you notice how Word 2007 now has a File -> Publish -> Blog option? I thought you’d get a kick out of that :-)

  5. news.google.com gets a lot of mileage because it is Google after all. But I think that news.search.yahoo.com gives better value for click-thrus on news items.

    Of course, google wins on the aesthetics of DNS Names, news.google is a lot more sane than news.search.yahoo and if you’re really picky about which format to support google supports search feeds in both RSS and Atom, whereas yahoo and msn only supports RSS.

    Yahoo’s search, I believe, offers more.

    Whereas news.google gives you two panes, 1. the news.google navigation pane (since it presumes you may be interested in other general/topic news) and the 2nd search results.

    news.search.yahoo provides FIVE unobtrusive things about your news search. 1. an unobtrusive breadcrumb of the news category your are in. 2. your news search results from major news outlets 3. (shortlist) your search results on blogs (and guess who’s on top for blogs on the Microsoft topic?) 4. (shortlist) your search results in News images 5. (shortlist) your search results in Audio|Video releases (podcasts?)

    MyYahoo. Whether a feature or not, they also allow you to inplace add the RSS feed of the query to your MyYahoo account. If they had this for MSN Messenger, wow!!

    RSS: http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=Microsoft&ie=UTF-8&scoring=d&output=rss
    Atom: http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=Microsoft&ie=UTF-8&scoring=d&output=atom

    Too easy. Unfortunately, I prefer the personality of this site rather than the bland news releases, but it’s great to know it’s there.

    I don’t know why more bloggers don’t know about this feature, so that you can add an RSS News feed to your website, on the search/topic of your choice.

    I can’t for the life of me understand why I can’t search the news articles on http://www.msnbc.msn.com or even their sister site http://www.ninemsn.com.au. Is there something that I’m missing about the usefulness of this feature that MSN doesn’t provide it for its users?

    Sam T.

  6. news.google.com gets a lot of mileage because it is Google after all. But I think that news.search.yahoo.com gives better value for click-thrus on news items.

    Of course, google wins on the aesthetics of DNS Names, news.google is a lot more sane than news.search.yahoo and if you’re really picky about which format to support google supports search feeds in both RSS and Atom, whereas yahoo and msn only supports RSS.

    Yahoo’s search, I believe, offers more.

    Whereas news.google gives you two panes, 1. the news.google navigation pane (since it presumes you may be interested in other general/topic news) and the 2nd search results.

    news.search.yahoo provides FIVE unobtrusive things about your news search. 1. an unobtrusive breadcrumb of the news category your are in. 2. your news search results from major news outlets 3. (shortlist) your search results on blogs (and guess who’s on top for blogs on the Microsoft topic?) 4. (shortlist) your search results in News images 5. (shortlist) your search results in Audio|Video releases (podcasts?)

    MyYahoo. Whether a feature or not, they also allow you to inplace add the RSS feed of the query to your MyYahoo account. If they had this for MSN Messenger, wow!!

    RSS: http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=Microsoft&ie=UTF-8&scoring=d&output=rss
    Atom: http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=Microsoft&ie=UTF-8&scoring=d&output=atom

    Too easy. Unfortunately, I prefer the personality of this site rather than the bland news releases, but it’s great to know it’s there.

    I don’t know why more bloggers don’t know about this feature, so that you can add an RSS News feed to your website, on the search/topic of your choice.

    I can’t for the life of me understand why I can’t search the news articles on http://www.msnbc.msn.com or even their sister site http://www.ninemsn.com.au. Is there something that I’m missing about the usefulness of this feature that MSN doesn’t provide it for its users?

    Sam T.

  7. The news that DOJ okayed IE7 search box appeared on Google news search on the third day of after appearing on Yahoo news. I can’t say whether that was intentional on Google’s part or just poor quality of Google news search.

  8. The news that DOJ okayed IE7 search box appeared on Google news search on the third day of after appearing on Yahoo news. I can’t say whether that was intentional on Google’s part or just poor quality of Google news search.

  9. Getting the word out to your own staff about branding is tricky – The Great Microsoft Office Namechange

    A strong, powerful brand is essential, and tampering with an existing brand is playing with fire.  At some point in the last couple of weeks Microsoft changed the name of the upcoming version of Office to 2007 Microsoft Office system (lowercase …

  10. Try search on microsoft.com again before running over to Google. It’s improved quite a bit since switching over to using the MSN/Live search engine. And my inside info says it’s going to be getting even better in the next couple of months…

  11. Try search on microsoft.com again before running over to Google. It’s improved quite a bit since switching over to using the MSN/Live search engine. And my inside info says it’s going to be getting even better in the next couple of months…