Microsoft, Google, Yahoo! Unite to Support Sitemaps

Today, we are excited to announce that Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!
are coming together in support of the SiteMaps protocol.  The goal of
this effort is to improve search results for customers around the
world.  This protocol enables site owners everywhere to tell search
engines about the content on their site instead of having to rely solely on crawl algorithms to find it.

So,
why are we excited to work on this?  Because by agreeing on a standard,
we can provide site owners with one simple way to share information
with every search engine.  You just publish a sitemap, and every engine
is instantly able to read and use the data to more effectively index
your site.  Since this is a free, widely supported protocol, our hope
is that this will foster an even broader community of developers
building support for it.

We
are 100% behind this protocol – this kind of collaboration will help
improve the search experience for all of our customers, and we are
working hard to release full support in 2007.  We are starting to alpha
test with internal partners such as
MSDN
and Microsoft Support now.  Like all teams at Microsoft, we like to
dogfood our work internally to ensure that it is working properly
before it is publicly released.  Watch this space for an update as soon
as we’re done.

Interested in the gritty details?  Read more about the Sitemaps protocol at the official website: http://www.sitemaps.org.  If you have any comments, please let us know by leaving a comment.

Ken Moss

General Manager, Live Search


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