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WinInfo Daily UPDATE, November 11, 2004

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In the News

- Microsoft Releases MSN Search Beta
- Intel Names Otellini as Next CEO

==== In the News ====

by Paul Thurrott, [email protected]

Microsoft Releases MSN Search Beta

This morning, Microsoft released a second beta of its upcoming MSN Search Web portal, which the company hopes will wrest control of the online search market from Google. The new beta features a new look and feel, the ability to answer direct questions, and an innovative Search Near Me feature that helps you more easily find geographically relevant information. In addition, the beta lets you specifically search for news, images, and music.
"The release of our beta is a huge step toward delivering the information consumers are looking for online, faster than previous versions of MSN Search," Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of the MSN Information Services & Merchant Platform division, said. "With better results and more powerful search tools, MSN Search is creating a new, higher standard for online search--one that helps consumers find the information they need, when they need it."
The search engine behind the MSN Search beta has been under development for 2 years, Microsoft says, and supplies several unique features. The engine indexes more than 5 billion Web documents, making it one of the largest Web indexes available. And, according to Microsoft, much of that index is updated weekly or daily. As previously mentioned, you can ask direct questions, such as, "What is the capital of Massachusetts?" and receive a concise answer. To provide answers that involve definitions, facts, calculations, conversions, and solutions to equations, MSN Search integrates with Microsoft Encarta. But you can also enter the name of a musical artist, album, or song and retrieve related content from MSN Music.
As for the service itself, the new Search Near Me feature lets you tailor your search results to make them geographically relevant. Microsoft says that it's tagging Web documents with geographical information as they're indexed to make this feature possible. So, for example, if you live in Boston and search for a restaurant, the search results will be pertinent to that area.
Although MSN Search's possibilities seem exciting, my informal tests this morning were less than successful; the site responded to search requests with a "temporarily unavailable" message. In any event, if you're interested in testing the service, you can do so from the MSN Search beta Web site ( ). The final version is scheduled for release sometime next year.

Intel Names Otellini as Next CEO

Microprocessor giant Intel announced today that 30-year Intel veteran Paul Otellini will succeed Craig R. Barrett as CEO in May 2005, when Barrett steps down. Otellini has held Intel's president and chief operating officer (COO) positions since 2002. In addition, Barrett will succeed former Intel CEO Andrew S. Grove as chairman of the board. Grove will assume a senior advisor role for the company.
"Having worked closely with \[Barrett\] and \[Otellini\] for over 30 years, I know that \[Otellini's\] vitality and deep knowledge of Intel's products, customers, and global markets, together with \[Barrett's\] stature as an industry leader and preeminent technologist, make them outstanding choices to lead Intel and the board as the company drives its core silicon expertise further in computing and communications," Grove said.
Otellini first joined Intel in 1974 and served the company in several positions before becoming Grove's assistant in 1989. He took charge of Intel's microprocessor business in 1990 and led the team that introduced the first Pentium processor in 1993. Through 1998, Otellini was Intel's executive vice president of sales and marketing. And from 1998 to 2002, he served as executive vice president and general manager of the Intel Architecture Group.

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