Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Microsoft: competition for Google Scholar

Everyone knows
a search engine that is used for more than 50 percent of the searches in the world. Many of us find another service comparably priceless:
That's a place where you can search through the full text of scientific articles in all fields you can imagine, and get the results sorted according to the relevance which is a criterion that includes the number of citations.

In the 1980s, IBM would be a very important company in the computer industry but Microsoft took over. Is Google going to make Microsoft obsolete in a similar way? What will be the result of the Microsoft vs. Google competition? Well, the guys in Microsoft seem to be smarter than those in IBM 20 years ago and they don't want to give up. So the counterparts of www.google.com are
while the counterpart of scholar.google.com will be
It became available tonight before 9 p.m. Eastern time - but the website so far fails to give any scholarly results. Instead, I get the standard live.com search results. Also, arXiv seems to be absent from their list of journals - the only journal with "arxi" in it is "Rethinking in Marxism".

Update: on Wednesday, the server works but only returns about 5% of the Google Scholar's results in our field which is why I find the new Microsoft gadget useless so far, despite being a Microsoft fan.

There are several other products that Microsoft must match and beat. For example, the shopping server

will have to face Microsoft's answer

See also

that already works. And stay tuned.

Meanwhile, Google will develop many other services such as the telephone voice search. Microsoft can't afford to sleep.

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  1. EUROSTRINGS 2006: