Opening its annual TechFest event in Redmond this morning, Microsoft Research showed a pair of projects meant to help people make "collaborative" Web searches.
One, called SearchTogether, is an Internet Explorer plugin that puts a sidebar into the browser. It's meant for collaborating on multiple computers, possibly in different locations. In the sidebar, each person can see and follow the Web searches that a friend or co-worker has conducted related to their project or common interest. It uses a Windows Live ID login.
The other, called CoSearch, is designed for collaborative searching on a single computer. Among other things, a person using a mobile phone in the room can control a cursor on the computer screen to click on a link and transfer the result to the phone, even as the people using the computer follow a different link.
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