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MSN Search Introduces More Sports Answers

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One of the features being added to search engines is the ability to take a query and provide more than just the standard search results as a response. A number of engines have introduced options that allow users to receive specific answers when they enter a query about a certain subject.

For instance, Google, AOL Search, Yahoo and Ask.com all have features in place so when a user enters a query about a particular movie; they receive results tailored to their area like showtimes and theatres that are showing the film. To give you a better idea of what is being referred to, the following links are examples of “Star Wars Episode 3″ searches conducted on the aforementioned search engines:

MSN Search Introduces More Sports Answers

Google
Ask.com
Yahoo
AOL Search

As you can see, the first result for all of the above queries is information about the movie in question, including local showtimes and theatre information. These searches are a perfect example of what MSN Search is integrating into their search engine in order to give users a more robust experience.

According to the MSN Search blog, because of the popularity of their NCAA Basketball answers feature, MSN Search is preparing to include the same ability for fans of Major League Baseball.

To provide thorough answers to MLB-related queries, MSN Search is partnering with FOX Sports and STATS, Inc.. The baseball answer option will offer users four types of answers, which include:

League – query for baseball to get the latest real-time scores and schedules
League date – type in baseball [date] during the season to get a summary of all games for that day
Team – punch in your favorite team for some general stats and game info
Player – look up any major league player for up to date statistics

As an added bonus, the MLB answers option also works for NBA basketball as well. However, the NBA season ends tonight (GO PISTONS!!!), so it will probably be until next season for people to take full advantage of the NBA answers; although, NBA diehards can always make use of the service on a year-round basis.

All of the answer options mentioned in this article are live, so go check em out.

Chris Richardson is a search engine writer and editor for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest search news.

MSN Search Introduces More Sports Answers
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