Sunday, November 23, 2008

Novelties - The Online Search Party - A Way to Share the Load - NYTimes.com

Another form of collaboration

Now tools are being developed by Microsoft and other companies that let people at different computers search as a team, dividing responsibilities and pooling results and recommendations in a shared Web space on the browser display as they plan a family vacation, for instance, or research a medical problem.

Meredith Ringel Morris, a computer scientist at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Wash., has created one of these collaborative tools, SearchTogether, now available in a test version as a free download at http://research.microsoft.com/searchtogether. The program is designed to work within the Internet Explorer 7 browser.

Novelties - The Online Search Party - A Way to Share the Load - NYTimes.com

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