Thursday, July 01, 2004

M$: MSN Sandbox

MSN Sandbox

Welcome to the Sandbox

This is the place to play with new MSN technologies, look at prototypes, and
peek behind the scenes at some of our new ideas. Let us know
what you think
about how we can improve MSN for you. Thanks for visiting
the Sandbox.

MSN Search Technology Preview    

MSN Search Technology Preview

Want a sneak peek at MSN's new search technology? We've got a brand new algorithmic
search engine under the hood -- built from the ground up -- on Microsoft technology.
Give it a spin and let us know what you think -- this is a work in progress, and it's
just the first step in bringing you a brand new MSN Search product. Send us a query
in United States,
United Kingdom, or one of our other



MSN Newsbot (beta) is an experimental, automated news service. We gather
news from over 4,000 sources on the internet and speed your discovery of news
stories on the internet. News headlines are clustered together to allow you to
compare coverage from multiple sources and each story links to the publisher's
site where you can read the full article.

As news changes around the world, MSN Newsbot (beta) updates continuously
to keep you current on what stories are being reported online. You can search to
find news related to particular topics, or browse the sections to find news in
Sports, Business, Technology, or World News.

Several different MSN Newsbot (beta) sites have been created to cover news
in different languages and to help you find national news from different
countries and perspectives:

  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • US Latino
  • Latin America
  • South Africa
  • Malaysia
  • India
  • Singapore


    MSN Toolbar

    MSN Toolbar

    The MSN Toolbar is a free toolbar available from MSN and plugs you directly into MSN Search, Messenger, and Hotmail.

    With this free and customizable toolbar you can:

    Search the Web from any Web page

    Use the Highlight Viewer to quickly locate your search words.

    Use Quick Links to launch MSN Hotmail, MSN Messenger, and your personalized MSN home page.

    Get rid of pop-up ads with the Pop-up Guard.


    3° is software that connects a small group of family and close friends, people
    who know and trust one another, so they can do fun things together in a whole
    new way. 3° is a beta test of an innovative application that lets users connect
    online, extending real-world social interactions.

    With 3° you can:

    Throw a personalized animation on your friends' desktops with winks.

    Listen to a shared play list simultaneously, created from music that you own.

    Easily send digital photos from last night's party to your friends.

    Initiate group chat with MSN Messenger.



    The NetScan system data mines Usenet newsgroups to provide tools to discover new
    newsgroups, select high quality content from the, evaluate the likely reliability of the
    information, and, possibly, motivate participants to make valuable contributions by providing a
    service that can be thought of as a reputation system for communities. Try searching for your
    favorite hobby, software, or TV show to see how it works.

    TerraServer and TerraService    

    TerraServer and TerraService

    The TerraServer-USA Web site is one of the world's largest online databases,
    providing free public access to a vast data store of maps and aerial photographs
    of the United States. TerraServer is designed to work with commonly available
    computer systems and Web browsers over slow speed communications links. The
    TerraServer name is a play on words, with 'Terra' referring to the 'earth' or
    'land' and also to the terabytes of images stored on the site.

    Exploring our planet by studying maps and images is a fascinating experience!
    Not surprisingly, the first place many people visit is their own neighborhood.
    You also might want to take a look at famous places such as our National Parks
    or your favorite sports parks. TerraServer is also a valuable resource for
    researchers who was to study geography, environmental issues or archeological
    mysteries...there are almost limitless possibilities.

    You can easily navigate the enormous amount of information in TerraServer by
    selecting a location on a map or entering a place name. And now, a new Web
    service--called TerraServer.NET--enables Web developers to easily integrate
    TerraServer data into their own applications.

    TerraServer is operated by the Microsoft Corporation as a research project for developing
    advanced database technology, and was born at the Microsoft Bay
    Area Research Center
    . TerraServer's foundation is Microsoft SQL Server 2000,
    the complete relational database management and analysis system for building
    scalable e-commerce, line-of-business, and data warehousing solutions.

    Equipment and additional software is provided by the Hewlett-Packard
    Corporation and other partners. See Technology Behind the Site for more information. Maps and images
    are supplied through our partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey.


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