Microsoft has taken its latest step in its effort to establish itself in the Internet portal arena with the launch of a beta version of its search engine.
MSN Internet Search will be featured on Microsoft's Web page, and incroporated into its MSN.com portal search engine rotation. Currently users are offered a choice of search engines from rivals Yahoo!, Excite, Infoseek, Lycos and AOL Net Find. Microsoft has declined to comment on whether or not it will keep other search engines on the site.
Earlier this year Microsoft consolidated its Web properties, including its Hot Mail Internet mail service, under the MSN.com umbrella in an effort to boost its presence in the portal market.
Microsoft has been working on the Internet search engine for almost a year, in collaberation with technology firm Inktomi. The finished product is expected to feature an editorially driven directory that will include an option for full Web searches by Inktomi.
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