I was talking to a customer (I know he reads this blog, so no names). He was having some trouble because two parts of Microsoft weren't communicating the way you'd expect them to. And I said in passing that one thing which we are unjustly accused of from time to time is underhand collusion: for example product "A" supposedly has some secret API that only the people working on product "B" know about. What we actually do is a bit like that scene at the very end of "Raiders of the lost Ark" where the Ark is hidden by placing it in crate and stored with thousands upon thousands of similar crates. Whilst I can't say for sure that never happened, people who believe "secret collaboration" is widespread really don't understand what Microsoft is like inside. You'd hope that all Microsoft web properties would:
But lighting up the search box needs a <link rel="search" ... > tag on each page; and some parts of the empire are starting to get the message. I was pleased when I saw IE's search drop-down go orange when I was on the support site, clicking it show the "This site only search"
But I'll bet something from my "Swag" cupboard that we don't have this on the Microsoft home page before Christmas. (If we do - first person to send a mail to me pointing it out gets the prize) .