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Microsoft search expert bings his way to Ebay

It made the winning bid
Wed Feb 02 2011, 12:07

THE ONLINE jumble sale marketplace Ebay has come up with a winning bid for a high flyer who worked at Microsoft's search engine Bing.

According to his Linkedin profile, Steve Prevost is now the VP for search product management at Ebay. For nearly three years, he was the principal development manager for Bing and an important part of the Bing operation.

Prevost came from the company Powerset, which was acquired by Bing due to its expertise in semantic search technology. Prevost himself was an expert in natural language systems and information retrieval.

Redmond hasn't said anything about why he left, but that doesn't stop us from speculating. Bing is still hanging on Google's coattails, with the dominant search engine company still batting away search competition like swatted flies.

As far as why Ebay hired Prevost, it is obviously a move to make its search results that much better. Its also plucked a man called Dennis De Coste from Facebook as director of research, the Wall Street Journal reported.

According to Ebay Research Labs, Ebay's search engine is one of the largest and most complex information retrieval engines in the world, with information flowing through the site having to be "updated and searchable in real-time".

It added, "Millions of new items enter and exit the site every day, and it is crucial that our users be able to find what they are looking for, as quickly and easily as possible." µ


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