New MSN Search, AOL Search Available in Beta
From The Search Engine Report
Sept. 3, 1999
Two major portals are readying new versions of their search services. Both MSN and AOL have made unveiled their next-generation search offerings at beta sites that have just gone live.
The new MSN Search nicely integrates information from RealNames, the LookSmart directory and AltaVista. You will also find an option to search at Direct Hit to the left of the search results screen. It should take over from the current Inktomi-powered service in mid-September.
The new AOL Search service will be the successor to the current AOL NetFind. A version that works internally for AOL members will blend matching content from within AOL and from across the web into one results screen. AOL's internal keywording system will also be integrated into the system. The external version that will be accessible via the web won't list content only available to AOL members. Both versions will offer Inktomi-powered web-wide searching, but they will also be presenting Netscape's Open Directory Project's categorized listings, as well.
As both beta sites have just gone live, I'm holding off on longer reviews for the next newsletter. Meanwhile, the curious can explore them via the URLs below. Remember -- both of these services are still in beta, so they are going to be some rough edges.
MSN Search Beta
AOL Search Preview
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