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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Pays People to Care for Its Hand-tweaked 'Search' Engine

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Pays People to Care for Its Hand-tweaked 'Search' Engine
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 22:28:39 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Microsoft to roll-out Live Search Cashback to UK, then EMEA


[Parody] Microsoft Pays Couple to Name Child After Their Search Engine

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| "Live.com is here to stay," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "People just 
| don't know it yet, but we will be aggressively marketing it until we crush 
| out all competition as we always do. We at Microsoft felt this was a mutually 
| beneficial arrangement, as little Live.com is provided a life of financial 
| security and we at Microsoft are provided a lifetime of advertising."     



Microsoft's new tack: Bribery as a business model

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| But truth be told, it's not the worst idea. What's the harm in giving it a
| shot? In a recession--or whatever you want to call the current economic
| malaise in the United States--consumers are open to bribes (oh, I forgot:
| rebates). So why not see if this strikes the people's fancy? But this is only
| a holding action. The reason more people use Google's search is the user
| experience. It works better, so they keep returning. Microsoft CEO Steve
| Ballmer knows this.



Is Microsoft tinkering with Live Search results?

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| Is Microsoft filtering out from its Live Search results those it 
| considers “undesirable” for the company? 


Microsoft bias in MSN search results, surprise

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| I was looking to see what search sites might have a particular bug that I 
| (ahem) came across and was trying the search for the number 0 in various 
| places. There is a pretty good Wikipedia page about zero. Zero has a rich and 
| interesting history and there are many other potentially reasonable results.   


Microsoft Live Search Says Admits They Were Too Tough on Sites: Making
Algorithm Less "Strict"

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| So as you can see, Microsoft admits their Live Search September 2007 update 
| caused many sites to get deindexed from Live Search.  


How Microsoft Clubs to Search Gains

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| We checked with Hitwise, and they explained that June gains include “searches 
| automatically generated from a promotion on club.live.com,” up to June 9,  
| 2007. After that they stopped counting the data. 


Microsoft’s Club Live fiasco

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| People were using the macro on more than 3 games at a time, on more than 2 
| accounts at a time, why Microsoft didn’t pick up on the fact that in the 
| first few days some people had accumulated enough for 3 Zunes each is beyond 
| us. Some were lucky, others, not so much.   
| [...]
| So far no one has been banned from using their accounts, which they needed to 
| sign up, probably because they did not break any laws, or probably because 
| Microsoft didn’t want that hassle and liked their new found traffic.  


Bots Helped To Boost Microsoft Live Search Gains

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| In a blog post, Compete analyst Steve Willis attributed Microsoft's 
| search gains to prizes awarded to users participating in Live Search 
| Club, which features games that post queries to Microsoft's search 
| engine.
| [...]
| Microsoft is essentially being DDoSed by thousands of people hundreds 
| of times per minute, but they are mistaking this rise in traffic for 
| people actually using Live Search."


Another Microsoft manager jumps from the Live Search ship

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| Mike Nichols, Group Program Manager for Live Search, has resigned and is 
| moving to work for Yusuf Mehdi, Senior Vice President of Strategic 
| Partnerships.  
| [...]
| What to make of all the recent resignations and reshufflings among the 
| various Microsoft business units? Well, it is reorg season in Redmond. But on 
| the Live Search side of the house, it’s got to be tough to keep banging your 
| head against the wall and making little or no headway in growing your market 
| share….    


Danny Thorpe quits the Windows Live development team

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| Danny Thorpe, one of the higher-profile hires Microsoft made to its Windows 
| Live team, has decided to leave for greener pastures. 


Yet another Microsoft search exec calls it quits

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| In March, Blake Irving, the Corporate VP in charge of the Windows
| Live platform, announced his plans to leave Microsoft, effective
| this summer. Payne announced his resignation from Microsoft shortly
| after Irving made his announcement.


at least no chairs were thrown…

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| A friend of mine was walked out of Microsoft today.
| I’m not talking about Stuart Scott, the now former Microsoft CIO who was 
| canned for “violating company policies.” No, another friend decided to leave 
| the MSN Live Search team and join Google Kirkland.   


Another Microsoft Search reorg: Shum now leads engineering

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| That same month, Windows Live Platform VP Blake Irving resigned, as did Chris 
| Payne. the Corporate Vice President in charge of Windows Live Search. 


Former Microsoft Search Chief Bill Bliss On Early Search Missteps

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| Bill's biggest regret? Not bypassing middle management that wasn't
| listening to him scream about the coming threat of Google and going
| right up to Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. 


Microsoft Search Leader To Leave Company

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| The Microsoft Corp. vice president who led the company's push into
| Internet search is leaving the software giant as the effort he
| helped launch loses ground against lead competitor Google Inc.


Microsoft Windows Live VP to resign

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| Blake Irving, a Corporate Vice President in Microsoft's Windows
| Live Platform group, is resigning his post, according to sources
| close to the company.

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