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Microsoft plans experimental search site

Microsoft is planning to launch Viveri, an experimental search site designed to allow its researchers to easily roll out innovative search ideas.

Viveri was displayed at the company's annual TechFest event in Redmond, Washington on Tuesday. It is currently difficult for researchers to carry out ideas in the real world, Robert Rounthwaite, a Microsoft Research software architect claimed.

Researchers will be able to load the developments to Viveri quickly and easily, so the public can try them out. After a preliminary spike in users, Rounthwaite expects that a regular set of technology enthusiasts will use the site for experiments with new developments.

It was built using Silverlight - Microsoft's technology for designing online user interfaces.

Rounthwaite showed off a few innovations that users can expect to see, one which aims to deliver better search results from vertical search engines. Researchers are also working on a new take on the 'similar pages' link that appears in Google search results. On Viveri, rather than using that vague description, the researchers have developed a way to display a more specific phrase.

For example, if a user searches for 'Disney', rather than seeing a link to similar pages, the user will see specific search phrases like 'Disneyland' in highlighted text. Clicking on that word will bring up a new search specific to Disneyland.

Rounthwaite expects Viveri to launch some time this summer but couldn't give a specific date.

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