MSN Sandbox

MSN Sandbox

MSN has taken down the beta preview of their would-be Google slayer search engine. However, on the page explaining that the preview has ended, there’s a link to the MSN Sandbox:

“This is the place to play with new MSN technologies, look at prototypes, and peek behind the scenes at some of our new ideas”

Among the items currently listed on the page are Lookout (Fast Outlook Search), Newsbot (Google News clone), NetScan (mines Usenet newsgroups), and TerraServer (aerial photos and maps of almost any location). All of these are cool tools that are quite useful.

They even have an RSS feed, so you can subscribe and receive updates in your favorite aggregator when something new is posted.

Go check it out – you might not have known that Microsoft and MSN had so many neat things available to play with. 🙂