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Bing – a better way to search?

Microsoft‘s latest attempt at taking the search world by storm… www.bing.com

The full search service as described in their launch video doesn’t seem to be live yet (certainly not in Ireland) – You can view their demo video by clicking here.

Some features look great, like how you can search for holidays from within the search engine itself, which means you don’t have to visit loads of different websites. The shopping system is very similar to Google‘s Froogle, but more integrated.

I’m not sure that we really need another search engine, but this is certainly an improvement on their last attempt at making an improvement. I just fail to see the innovation from Microsoft, but maybe they simply can’t be innovative anymore?

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Google Wave – the next generation of communication?

Lars Rasmussen introduces Google Wave
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Within minutes of Microsoft launching their new search system that is set to revolutionise the way we search, Google announced one of the most innovative applications yet to grace the World Wide Web.

Microsoft must have been so disappointed when all the web and blog headlines were NOT about their new search engine strangely named Bing. No, what caught every web enthusiasts eye was the launch of Google Wave.

Google Wave is Google’s attempt to rid the World of our archaic emailing system. They began their presentation with the notion of how old email has become in its 40 years of existence. It’s something that was designed and developed in a time when instant messaging, cloud computing, Facebook, Bebo and other social networking sites didn’t exist. They believe that now is the time to make the change to a new more advanced system that will incorporate all the “real-time” functionality that most of us live and breathe today.

Although I have to admit some of the functionality is mind-blowing and in places hugely innovative -  albeit that the system is developed with the yet to be fully HTML 5 standard – I’m yet to be convinced that it will actually replace people’s use of email.I just can’t see the normal joe soap trying to get to grips with this system when they hardly understand how to cc a number of people in a simple email.

Google plan to release a lot of this innovative code as part of their Google Web ToolKit which is an absolute dream for any web developer. They will also provide a fully open API which will allow developers to use the power of the system for their own applications, whether it be web, mobile or desktop!

One side of me is so excited about the release of Google Wave. That is the programmer side of me, the one that lives and breathes web innovation – we haven’t had anything like this in years! The other side – I’m kind of like, “so what?”. I personally see it as being the final string in Google’s stealth approach to building the World’s largest social network.

What do you think? Have a look at the launch here:

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Search Engine Marketing Tips from Microsoft

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Microsoft‘s Live Search Webmaster Centre Blog has started a new blog series on Search Engine Marketing. Topics to be covered include tips on how to improve your conversions from your website to how to run a successful pay per click campaign.

They also plan to include a new section to cover topics specific to search engine marketing. The first post will be titled “What is SEM and why does it matter?”

More information over here : http://blogs.msdn.com/webmaster/archive/2009/04/28/search-engine-marketing-101-a-new-blog-series.aspx

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Fight duplicate content with the “Canonical Tag”

Duplicate content is something that has been an issue for quite sometime in terms of search engine optimisation and now Google, Yahoo! and MSN have introduced a new way for webmasters to deal with this issue in the form of the “Canonical Tag”.

In simple terms it allows webmasters to specify the preferred version of a URL. Using the Canonical Tag, webmasters can now sleep safely in the knowledge that Google knows that there is a preferred URL and that it should not penalise the site for having duplicate content to due an obscure URL structure created for programmatic purposes.

How do you use this tag?

Well simply add something like this within the head area of your HTML:

<link rel=”canonical” href=”http://www.example.com/page.php?idname=web-design”/>

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Microsoft issue brown alert for Internet Explorer

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Another major bug has been found in IE, enough to make Microsoft issue a “brown alert”.

You can find out more about the vunerability here >>

You can also take the US Cert‘s adive on preventing yourself from being vunerable at http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/493881

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