Microsoft puts final touches on Kumo search engine

By Justin Mann on April 27, 2009, 2:30 PM
Microsoft has failed to re-imagine search numerous times over the past few years, much to their dismay. Neither MSN.com nor Microsoft's Live Search have managed to steal any considerable share away from Google, no matter how much money it is thrown at them, with people still overwhelmingly preferring the simple Google search page to the service-decorated Microsoft alternatives.

Redmond isn't done for, though, and soon will be unveiling their new Kumo search engine, which has recently gone under internal testing. While nothing has been formally announced yet, rumors indicate that Kumo will be launched in just about a month.

Some details have been leaked regarding what the new service will offer, such as expanded searches that pull up relevant information about a search, as opposed to just sites containing the queried terms. With a huge ad campaign ready to launch and a new search engine ready to roll, Microsoft will try to take both Yahoo and Google's spots. Will they be able to do either? Perhaps Yahoo, but when it comes to innovation, I think Google is still a step ahead of Microsoft in the web services department.




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poundsmack said:
well.... if at first you don't succeed... throw tons and tons of money at it and try again.if again you don't succeed... but www.powerset.com and use their unique techonolgy to enhance your product (what will be Kumo).But if at take 3 or 4 you don't succeed... give up, maybe failure is more your style. :)but seriously, do you know why people use Google? it isn't that they have better results than say Yahoo, its that they have their name out there everwhere and the name recognition is deep deep into everything. I mean the word Google was added as a verb in the Webster dictionary (sadly not a joke). MS has failed to biuld hype around their offering in the search arena. Live.com isn't even that bad, though it fails the "poundsmack" test (go to yahoo or google and type in my user name and hit search, then go to live.com see what I mean). in the end Microsoft will likely put out a decent product, but to little and to late (unlike Windows 7, which is like that last bowl of porage, just right) :)
aissacf said:
30 percent of Netbooks already ship with Linux as the OS. On the desktop, Ubuntu growth is steady.MSIE is losing market share fast. Even Mac users can now enjoy OpenOffice with the latest StarOffice.It's just a matter of time for Microsoft to become irrelevant.
windmill007 said:
I think they should of stuck with live.com I don't use it but I doubt kumo will be going anywhere. They think choosing a weird name will help them?? Naaa I just use google because it does give better searches with less clutter. And no you can't pay me to use your search either....lol
JDoors said:
Fail.If you've tried any of the dozens of search engines that have come out over the years, you already know why. Additional "functions" just winds up making the typical search more complex than it needs to be.Google has it just right: Neither too little information nor too much.
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