Microsoft Notebook: MSN search engine has foot in door: "A seemingly innocuous box on the screen inside the latest MSN instant-messaging program provides a clue to Microsoft's broader strategy in the search business.
Microsoft announced a preview version of its new MSN Desktop Search program this morning
The rectangular box, embedded in a preview version of the company's MSN Messenger 7.0, is a search field. Users will be able to launch Internet searches directly from that field, automatically opening a Web browser to display the relevant results on an Internet search site.
And as you've probably guessed, the search site it uses is not Google.
MSN Messenger alone boasts 145 million users around the world. But the addition of the search box to the instant-messaging program looks to be only the start."