Microsoft sharpens tools "Microsoft Corp. yesterday showed new tools under development for searching online journals and news sites, and for getting answers from the Internet -- offering a glimpse of the strategy that the company will use in its coming battle with Google.
Executives with the Redmond company's MSN Internet service talked about the tools -- dubbed Blogbot, Newsbot, and Answerbot -- at an industry event on the Microsoft campus. All three are part of a broader effort by the company to develop its own Internet search technology.
Blogbot will provide search results based on the contents of hundreds of thousands of weblogs, online journals better known as blogs. Hundreds of Microsoft employees maintain their own personal blogs, but this is one of the first big blog-related initiatives to emerge from the company itself."