3 New Search Projects from Microsoft Research

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Description

At TechFest, Microsoft Research unveiled three new search projects aimed to enhance your search experience. Here are the details:
SearchTogether: SearchTogether is an IE plugin for social search. It lets you and your friends search together via an IE sidebar. The plugin, which will be available in Spring 2008 features page rating, split searching, shared summaries, chat, and more.
CoSearch: CoSearch lets users who are using the same computer at the same time search together by using multiple mice or cell phones. Yes, cell phones! A person using a phone could move the cursor on the screen and transfer data to the phone.
Searchbar: Searchbar is an IE sidebar that lets you save your searches, organize them, and add notes about them.

I can't wait to check these out! Watch for TechFest interviews by Tina Wood coming this week.

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    quikboy

    Eew. I like Microsoft Research, but if it doesn't 'look' cool, it's hard to contain the excitement. Though the function it does, is more important than the way it looks. And it still in research. But without a nice looking UI in the year 2008, it's not something most people want to touch.

    SearchTogether looks old.

    CoSearch doesn't show enough visuals to get a good idea.

    Searchbar actually 'looks' archaic. With bulky big rectangle buttons and other stuff, it's not very friendly. And I couldn't help but note the "old Live Search" UI and the "old" Amazon layout. What year was that made in?

    I think Microsoft needs to clearly 'Research' more on their projects, and then wait until it's good enough to show off to the world with a more proper professional video with a nice site explaining it and the possibilities it has. Nothing would appeal to anyone unless you're a rival company looking for tips to copy and push out first before MS.

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    quikboy

    Eew. I like Microsoft Research, but if it doesn't 'look' cool, it's hard to contain the excitement. Though the function it does, is more important than the way it looks. And it still in research. But without a nice looking UI in the year 2008, it's not something most people want to touch.

    SearchTogether looks old.

    CoSearch doesn't show enough visuals to get a good idea.

    Searchbar actually 'looks' archaic. With bulky big rectangle buttons and other stuff, it's not very friendly. And I couldn't help but note the "old Live Search" UI and the "old" Amazon layout. What year was that made in?

    I think Microsoft needs to clearly 'Research' more on their projects, and then wait until it's good enough to show off to the world with a more proper professional video with a nice site explaining it and the possibilities it has. Nothing would appeal to anyone unless you're a rival company looking for tips to copy and push out first before MS.

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