MSN Hires Yahoo Expert for Search

Microsoft said on Tuesday it has hired Yahoo's head of research and development, Dr. Gary Flake, to join its MSN portal team. Flake will be charged with helping MSN bulk up its search offerings to better compete with market leaders Google and Yahoo. Flake's background includes NEC Research Institute and Overture.

Dr. Flake is no stranger to search; at Yahoo, he focused on creating the next-generation Web search. "At Microsoft he'll be responsible for bridging the innovation happening between Microsoft Research and MSN and for setting the technology vision and future direction of the MSN portal, web search, desktop search and monetization engine," said Oshoma Momoh, MSN Search general manager.

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