Three new Search Projects from Microsoft.

Microsoft Research has unveiled three new search projects aimed to enhance your search experience. Here are the details:

SearchTogether: SearchTogether is an IE plugin for social search. It lets you and your friends search together via an IE sidebar. The plugin, which will be available in Spring 2008 features page rating, split searching, shared summaries, chat, and more.

CoSearch: CoSearch lets users who are using the same computer at the same time search together by using multiple mice or cell phones. Yes, cell phones! A person using a phone could move the cursor on the screen and transfer data to the phone.

Searchbar: Searchbar is an IE sidebar that lets you save your searches, organize them, and add notes about them.

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To somewhat backtrack on my first comment, the first one could be invaluable when doing things like research projects. The amount of times I've had this conversation:

#1: "Where did you get that information?"
#2: "I searched for something like 'bleh'"
#1: *searches for 'bleh', gets nothing relevant*
#1: "Are you sure that's what you searched for?"
#2: "Nope, but it was similar"

Being able to group search would eliminate annoying situations like that, because it would be recorded.

Anyone else think search is kinda reached it's peak like Googling it is enough. I think MS is throwing money at something that will never get them any where.

Wow! I can search with my friends now? Awesome! I'm sure we'll spend hours with this fun activity!

That was sarcasm. Truth to be told, all this social bull**** makes me want to smash my head into my desk.

Don't so much see the point in the first two... things, but that is not to say though that other people won't find them useful. The third is quite interesting however, I hope it comes out for Firefox (other browsers are available) too, but it probably won't.