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by Franki

While doing my daily wander around the net, I came upon this site detailing some research into search results from several companies, (primarily MSN and Google, but Yahoo and Teoma as well.) The conclusions are by no means concrete at this stage, and work is continuing but Ivor Hewitt seems to have found something of potentially significant interest to web developers.

Basically he has been testing the returned results from both Google and MSN (and the others in some cases also.) for 1000 common search terms, (lifted mostly from Google Zeitgeist) and then checking what web server software the top results are using and storing the data from each search. The results thus far show that MSN consistently seems to choose more sites running IIS (Internet Information Services) Microsoft’s web server software compared to the other engines. The difference is up to 10% more IIS servers in the MSN search results. Now we know that both MSN and IIS are Microsoft products, and we know that Microsoft is a twice convicted monopolist and have tied their past products together in similar manners. So the question is: Would they do this, when to be caught out would mean the total loss of their search engines creditability? It is hard to say, and I’ll wait for the expanded 10,000 search term results as well as independent verification before I pronounce MSN bereft of integrity, but I’m certainly prepared to be suspicious based on Microsoft’s history.








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