Microsoft is to launch its own Internet search engine in October, according to US reports - a move that could turn this sector dominated by start-ups on its head.
Codenamed Yukon, the engine would be used initially on Microsoft's MSN online content service but would migrate soon afterwards to the World Wide Web, with a final version due out in the first quarter of 1998. It will go into beta in October, according to the report in the US 'Time' magazine.
Currently, Microsoft lists most of the major search engines at its .com Web site and has appointed Yahoo! as a featured search engine on the latest preview of its Internet Explorer 4.0 browser.
Microsoft was unavailable to comment.
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