Patent Number: 7,827,191

Title: Discovering web-based multimedia using search toolbar data

Abstract: Toolbar search data is utilized to facilitate search engine crawlers to locate resources on a network such as, for example, multimedia resources on the Internet. In one instance, for example, users who opt into a user feedback experience have their toolbar searches relayed to a toolbar data mining component which augments a multimedia crawler in locating the multimedia resources. A media inspection component is then employed to determine the content of the media resource and, when appropriate, the media resource is then indexed for utilization in search engine indexing nodes and the like. This allows resources, for example, such as multimedia resources, that are typically undiscoverable by search engine crawlers to be located and indexed for searching.

Inventors: Williams; Hugh Evan (Redmond, WA)

Assignee: Microsoft Corporation

International Classification: G06F 17/30 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-02 0:00:00