Language Multilingual

Launched 2003
Closed 2006


Country of Origin


Topic Universal


Technical functionalities

Used SeEn

Robot: MSNBot (Source)

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

»MSN Search was a search engine by Microsoft that consisted of a search engine, index, and web crawler. MSN Search first launched in the third quarter of 1998 and used search results from Inktomi. In early 1999, MSN Search launched a version which displayed listings from Looksmart blended with results from Inktomi except for a short time in 1999 when results from AltaVista were used instead. Since then Microsoft upgraded MSN Search to provide its own self-built search engine results, the index of which was updated weekly and sometimes daily. The upgrade started as a beta program in November 2004, and came out of beta in February 2005. Image search was powered by a third party, Picsearch. The service also started providing its search results to other search engine portals in an effort to better compete in the market.« Source

Danny Sullivan (2004): Search Engine Timeline »10/20/97 - Microsoft announces partnership with Inktomi to create search engine.« ---------- »10/21/97 - Microsoft and Yahoo announce agreement to redistribute Yahoo listings within« ---------- »09/08/98 - Microsoft unveils its Inktomi-powered search service, MSN Internet Search.« ---------- »09/21/98 - Microsoft announces new partnerships for its search page.« ---------- »Jan. 1999 - Compaq announces that AltaVista will be spun-off into a separate company, the AltaVista Company and that the service is to work closely with Microsoft on several portal offerings. AltaVista is to use Microsoft's Hotmail service to power its free email offering. Microsoft is to use AltaVista as the primary search service powering MSN Search. It will replace Inktomi in this role.« ---------- »Feb. 1999 - Microsoft announced that it will integrate LookSmart directory listings into its MSN Search results.« ---------- Source

Sullivan, Danny (Mar 3, 2003): »The Powered By Others Bunch: ... MSN Search (1998- ): Microsoft provides a search engine to those coming to the MSN site or searching via features within Internet Explorer. Plenty do, making MSN Search one of the most popular search engines on the web. The service has always outsourced for its search technology. It currently provides a mixture of results from LookSmart and Inktomi.« Source



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Let the search wars begin! URL:
Danny Sullivan (2004): Search Engine Timeline URL:
Sullivan, Danny (Mar 3, 2003): Where Are They Now? Search Engines We've Known & Loved URL:
Metamend:MSN Search Engine Optimization URL:

Created: 2013-01-16