Microsoft prototype robot: search engine in the making
Microsoft Prototype Crawler (Robot) has been released. Microdoc News has seen the Microsoft Prototype Crawler in its logs.
While Googlebot busied itself in getting all five new pages that have been released since it last visited, the Microsoft Prototype Crawler made a single request and disappeared.
The Microsoft Prototype Crawl
This is what our log revealed about the Microsoft Prototype Crawler today:
Host: 126.96.36.199 Url: /2003/02/16.html Http Code : 200
Date: Apr 17 22:40:20 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 40139
Referer: - Agent: MicrosoftPrototypeCrawler
(please report obnoxious behavior to firstname.lastname@example.org).
While Googlebot/2.1 and Slurp/cat were busily checking on the newest pages, Microsoft Prototype Crawler sampled one page, the article "Google Buys Pyra: Fuel for the Blogging World". It would be my guess that the new robot was following a link from another page. There are very few links from other sites to this page.
Microsoft has Google in its Sites
Since announcing their intention to be in competition with Google, this is the first sign of stirring in the Microsoft camp. However, this is interesting move. Microsoft is building and not buying. Being the business people they are and wanting to be in there as quickly as possible, Microsoft must think they have an advantage in building -- possibly some new technology, or a new take on what it means to search.
Assuming this new platform runs on Microsoft technology, there is going to be an interesting comparison between a Microsoft search engine and a Linux Search Engine (Google). Since we know Google has about 54,000 computers in what is a mammoth supercomputer made out of PC parts, it will be interesting to see how many NT Servers it takes to make a comparable search engine, or a better one than Google.
Source: Microdoc News
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