Microsoft upgrades Expression toolset with search engine optimization

Microsoft will feature on Monday an upgrade to its Expression toolset for application design that includes search engine optimization capabilities. But the toolset will not back a video codec being promoted by Google as key to an open media format effort. (2 days ago)

Microsoft, Yahoo Search Deal Cleared by DOJ, EU

Microsoft and Yahoo’s crucial search agreement passed muster with both the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission, clearing the way for better competition with Google. (40 mins ago)

Is Searching For Porn Too Easy With Bing?

Microsoft’s new Bing search engine has its own unique approach to video search which has engendered both praise and pans. Perhaps the most remarked upon feature is the mouse hover over a thumbnail of a video and Bing will play 30 seconds of the clip with sound. (2 hours ago)

Microsoft Announces MSN Distribution Deal with Java

As of 8 am today, users who will download or upgrade Java for Internet Explorer will be prompted to install a MSN search bar that will set Microsoft’s search engine as the predefined one. The deal, announced earlier today by Microsoft and limited to US surfers only, has the potential to make a very large number of users switch from Google in a matter of just a few days. (19 mins ago)

Cornerstone Solutions and SEO Design Solutions Offer CRM and SEO Together for Enhanced Lead Acquisition and Retention

Cornerstone Solutions announced today that they are offering Microsoft Dynamics CRM and organic search engine optimization services from SEO Design Solutions together to form an enhanced, superior lead acquisition and retention offering to their customers. (1 hour ago)

Microsoft Trying to Keep Quiet about their Search Engine Problems

Microsoft Search Live has dropped many quality sites from their index. We are observing many webmaster reports of sites dropping from Microsoft Live which is very bad news for the Microsoft search engine as they try to take on Google. We trust that our site and the ones we manage will get back into the [...]

Microsoft’s Prototype Path to Search Engine Dominance

Google is well known as a “lab” or intelligence center where their army of PHds are said to have a “research mentality” and tightly focused on experimenting with new technologies. But being a leader in any field comes with a price. You get bogged down and constrained in your attempts at deploying new new technology [...]

Microsoft Will Eventually Gobble Up the Google of Yahoos

Microsoft partnering with Yahoo to take on Google in a boxing match for search engine dominance? (by Some have suggested that Microsoft will team with and then buy Yahoo which will strongly position Microsoft to then take on the Googleplex. But to the untrained eye, it does not seem that simple. One thing for [...]

Doctor: Heal Thyself – SEO Blog Freshbot Vanishes from Microsoft Search Live

We checked our site on MSN and noticed that lo and behold the freshbot had been dropped as well. What irony! The utter horror! To be a search engine optimization practitioner and lose rankings is just awful. Well, probably not really all that bad. Well honestly, MSN is one of the weakest search engines around [...]

MSNbot indexing and crawling is broken

Many sites have been dropped from the Microsoft Search Network (MSN) index. A quick check of logs reveals that the MSN bot is not even crawling pages of websites since early October. By the way, MSN is now called Microsoft Search Live.