Improvements to MSN’s Search Engine

MSN released several improvements to its search engine this week. (via http://blogs.msdn.com/msnsearch/archive/2005/06/21/431288.aspx)

They’ve added local search, sports instant answers, and new operators.

We’ve added FileType:, one of the most asked for operators, which restricts documents to a particular filetype. InAnchor:, InURL:, InTitle:, and InBody: are now available to find keywords in a particular part of the document, or in anchor text pointing to a document. We’ve augmented the Link: keyword that finds documents that link to a particular page with LinkDomain:, which finds documents that point to any page in a domain. Finally, we’ve added a new experimental operator called Contains:. Contains: returns documents that contain hyperlinks to documents with a particular file extension; for example, contains:wma returns documents that contain a link to a WMA file.

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