IE8 Beta 2 Visual Search

This post would get you started on creating your own Visual Search service/provider for Internet Explorer 8 as of now Beta 2 [New Languages]. If you own or develop websites of any kind—even if it’s a small website or an intranet site—this post is for you. Making your website available for search from within the browser enables your […]

This post would get you started on creating your own Visual Search service/provider for Internet Explorer 8 as of now Beta 2 [New Languages]. If you own or develop websites of any kind—even if it’s a small website or an intranet site—this post is for you.

Making your website available for search from within the browser enables your customers/users to access your website whenever they need a service from it, without having them type your full web address. Additionally, you (and your brand) are always there with them, right in their browser. The more useful the service, the more likely users are to install it to have an ongoing connection with your website.

To keep things simple, I will take the “Hello, World!” approach: give you the basics so you can quickly get your service running. To keep things simple, this service won’t even be dynamic at first. Once the foundations are there, it will be easy for you to tailor the sample to your own needs, no matter what language your pages are written in.

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