Finding stuff online: 20 years of innovative search engines

What would the Internet be without a way to find something specific on its millions of sites? Search engines started providing that function two decades ago. Here are some of the landmarks, from Archie to AltaVista to Google and Bing.

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MSN Search (1998)



Microsoft launched its first big attempt to conquer the world of Web search, MSN Search, in 1998. It remained popular over time largely by virtue of its inclusion on the default page of Internet Explorer--which also happened to be the default browser of Windows, the most popular OS in the world.

MSN Search became "Windows Live Search" in 2006, "Live Search" in 2007, then "Bing" in 2009.

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