Microsoft To Buy Online Search Company Powerset

Online searches could take on greater meaning with Microsoft's planned acquisition of Powerset, whose natural language-based technologies strive to understand the meaning and intent behind keywords used for indexing and searching."Problems exist because search engines today primarily match words in a search to words on a webpage," blogged Microsoft SVP Satya Nadella, using "cancer" as an example of a search for either a disease or a horoscope. "We can solve these problems by working to understand the intent behind each search and the concepts and meaning embedded in a webpage."

While rumored to be spending around $100 million, Microsoft has not disclosed how much it will pay for Powerset, a San Francisco-based startup whose semantic search engine designed for Wikipedia debuted last month. The company will become part of Microsoft's Search Relevance team.The Register, TechCrunch

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