Google Challenger Opens Public Test

A feisty startup from San Francisco has just opened its site to public testing. Hoping to take a bite out of Google's Microsoft-esque lock on Internet searching, Powerset is using a natural-language approach, which could be more appealing than the keyword approach currently used by the Googlers.

The 2-year-old Powerset has licensed the natural-language processing technology it uses, which was actually developed more than 30 years ago within the hallowed halls of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). This approach reads every sentence, rather than just plucking out key words.

Powerset says it's going to invite hundreds to take its site (http://www.powerset.com) for a test drive. That large-scale beta testing should help the company fine-tune its algorithms before its full, official launch some time next year.

Once again, competition is good. How do you search? Google? Yahoo? Something else? What's important to you in a search engine? Find me at llow@redmondmag.com and let me know.

Posted by Lafe Low on 09/19/2007 at 1:23 PM


Featured

  • Windows Monthly Update Process Can Include 'On-Demand' Releases

    Microsoft offered yet another explanation of its monthly Windows update process as part of its transparency-in-communications blog series.

  • Microsoft Dynamics 365: Why It May Not Be What You Think

    For starters, the cloud-based CRM/ERP software has some surprising integrations with PowerApps, Microsoft's low-code developer environment.

  • Microsoft 365 Insider Test Program Emerges for Organizations

    Microsoft has started a new Microsoft 365 Insider Program for organizations to test its software, but the program's name and scope could be changing.

  • IT Pros: Don't Forget To Protect Your Personal Security

    Don't be the IT pro who spends way too many hours each day keeping their users secure only to neglect their own home networks. Brien describes the two steps he took to avoid this trap.

comments powered by Disqus
Most   Popular

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.