In what is touted as "[Microsoft's] biggest update since [its] debut in January 2005," Microsoft has announced a quadrupled index size ands an enhanced algorithm that will generate more relevant results based on search queries.
Also, substantial changes were made to the way the Microsoft Live Search engine interprets queries with "common problems," taking spelling errors, stop words, and punctuations into consideration. Other upgrades such as auto-correction of misspelled queries are in — finally.
And yes, you should also see an increase in speed as well.
But [these changes are] not all. Microsoft says that it has improved its analysis of clickstream data so that it can better rate the relevancy of sites based on which links are most often clicked by users. It has also integrated its Answers platform better with Live Search, so that users who are just looking for a specific fact (weather, sports scores, stocks, etc.) can get the answer immediately without having to dig deeper into search results.
If you are a Microsoft Live Search fan, you will probably want to read more from the Live Search Fact Sheet.
Microsoft says that the changes will be available to all U.S. customers next week. Users from outside the U.S. will have to wait until the end of next month [October] though.
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