SearchPoint is the idea I donated to the MSN Search team. I disseminated it to a handful of individuals across the team hierarchy so I think the chance of it seeing the light of day is fair. Since I came up with the idea, I don't think it falls under the NDA agreement, but I am not going to discuss it's details for their sake.
Since when did I care about Microsoft? Frankly, I don't give a hoot about Microsoft. I do like the MSN Search team though. They were open in all senses of the word and, although they had some trouble grokking foreign thoughts we threw at them, I found myself caring for now. Besides, they gave me a nice backpack and an expensive cigar. Yeah, I am a cheap date.
I will say that the SearchPoint idea has some excellent characteristics such as:
- offers substantial benefits to users
- offers substantial benefits to websites.
- leverages MSN search engine's main strength.
- costs little or nothing to implement
- dynamic extensibility
#1 means users will see much better search results with minimal effort. #2 makes SearchPoint viral. #3 makes it difficult for competitors to replicate SearchPoint. #4 means SearchPoint will have little impact on the project schedule and resources. #5 means SearchPoint can be used as a platform to launch other services.
Sorry about the tease but I do enjoy teasing. 😉
BTW, SearchPoint is not a variation of the Search Hats idea although the benefits to the users are similar.