Microsoft seeks to out-search Google

Microsoft puts its dukes up to the practically omniscient Google with it's new search engine out to beta. Competition is good for us web seekers, but if you are a heavy search engine user, you can use searchenginewatch to keep a balanced view of the internet. Alternatively, you could try the charmingly named Dogpile meta-engine to look for some new search engines. But my favourite "meta" method for finding search engines to date has to be the Google Labs 'Sets' feature with search criteria like  "google" and "lycos"!

What can we expect next from search engines? I think the 'Sets' approach has huge potential (especially if it's backed by a semantic network with weighted nodes, optionally cross-referenced with significant terms from the Glossary), but I'm also betting on: grammar correction, federated travel search, dynamic directory (get a yahoo style tree, but based on a semantic analysis of the search terms), RSS meta-search, ... but that's enough for one blogity.
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