* Internally testing service code named Kumo.com
* Looking to construct "better and more useful" search
(Adds details from internal memo)
NEW YORK, March 2 Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is
testing a new version of its online search service internally
under the name of Kumo.com, a spokesman for the software
company said on Monday.
The service is not yet available outside the company, but
may eventually form part of Microsoft's attempt to catch up
with Internet search leaders Google Inc (GOOG.O) and Yahoo Inc
The new service was unveiled in an internal memo sent by
the head of research at the company's online services division
on Monday. It did not provide details about the new features.
"Kumo.com exists only inside the corporate network, and in
order to get enough feedback we will be redirecting internal
live.com traffic over to the test site in the coming days,"
said the memo from Satya Nadella. "Kumo is the codename we have
chosen for the internal test."
The memo was first made public on The Wall Street Journal's
All Things Digital blog.
Microsoft's Nadella reckons the company can put together a
better search engine than those currently available.
"We believe we can provide a better and more useful search
experience that helps you not just search but accomplish
tasks," Nadella said in the memo. "An explorer pane on the left
side of results pages will give you access to tools that help
you with your tasks."
The Redmond, Washington-based company is struggling to
catch up with runaway internet search leader Google, which is
beginning to encroach on Microsoft's core software business.
Last year, Microsoft made an unsuccessful attempt to buy
Yahoo for $47.5 billion. Executives at both companies have left
open the possibility of a deal or partnership involving only
Yahoo's search business.
(Reporting by Bill Rigby; Editing by Carol Bishopric and