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From: Richard Reineccius <richard_reineccius@...
Date: Jul 3, 2008 8:49 PM
Subject: TECH,CHAT: We know what you're thinking!
CETEFL-L Website http://www.cetefl.com
Late news on the future of SEARCHING:
Microsoft buying Powerset, a start-up for Web search
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft said it had agreed to buy Powerset, a fledgling
working on a new Web search that relies on insights from linguistics rather
Satya Nadella, senior vice president of Microsoft's search, portal and
business, confirmed the purchase Tuesday after months of speculation that
were in merger talks. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Powerset's technology breaks down the meaning of words into related
users from having to type the exact words they want to find. This emerging
Web search, known as semantic search, has fascinated researchers for decades
proved difficult to commercialize.
Making it possible to search the wider Web using conversational language is
Mark Johnson, the company's product manager, said.
"Microsoft accelerates our ability to move Powerset to the entire Web faster
anyone could have imagined," he said.
(MAY 2008 mail from Powerset to interested sign-up folks)
Today, Powerset is excited to announce that the rubber has hit the road, the
flipped, and all systems are go. Whatever your favorite metaphor is,
Powerset is now
freely available to everyone at Powerset.com.
Powerset's first product reinvents the search and discovery experience for
articles. Instead of being limited to keywords, Powerset allows you to enter
phrases, or questions. Instead of just showing you a list of blue link
Powerset gives you more accurate search results, often answering questions
and aggregates information from across multiple articles. Finally, instead
you at the search page, Powerset's technology follows you into enhanced
articles, giving you a better way to digest and navigate content quickly.
Our product is packed full of useful features, so we encourage you to watch
video and read some of our help text to get the full Powerset experience.
To help you kick the tires, try some of these examples:
actors in pulp fiction
who did hulk hogan defeat
how many dimensions does string theory postulate
who is Sigmund Freud
what caused the Great Depression
If you have a blog and have a great experience with Powerset, we'd love to
your thoughts on your blog.
Powerset would like to extend a special thanks to our Powerlabs community
with the development of Powerset.com. Your feedback has been invaluable, so
yourself a pat on the back and share in our success. Powerlabs will continue
important source of feedback for Powerset. If you have any product
encourage you to log in and join in the discussion.
The Powerset Team
p.s. We'll be posting updates regularly to our blog. Also, if you're on
our follower to get immediate updates on the status of our product.
Do you want to use the CETEFL members-only Archive? To register,
send a mail with the subject line !!!ARCHIVE!!! to the List Manager,
Dennis Newson (retired)
University of Osnabrück
Discussion Moderator IATEFL YL SIG
Moderator of a number of other TEFL e-lists
Discussion Moderator ELTA-OWL
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