It seems that MSN Beta Search may provide original search results in the near future, according to yesterday's article at SearchEngineJournal.com:
"After long months of combing the web, and assisted by a large team of programers, the spiderís work is nearing completion...The New Beta Version is rumored to be delivering results from MSNBot, the new search engine developed by Microsoft (you may sometimes see Inktomi results during testing). The listings show no directory driven sites and are much cleaner..."
From Sunday's Miami Herald:
"Microsoft's search engine aims to provide a superior service by enabling users to personalise the service. It will replace Microsoft's current engine, underpinned by technology from Overture, owned by rival search operator Yahoo."
Interestingly, Bill Gates also mentioned personalization without giving any details as to what could be personalized when he briefly discussed the future of MSN Search on last Friday's Charlie Rose Show.
Thus far, the results at MSN's Beta Search seem to be exactly the same as MSN/Inktomi, minus Looksmart and Inktomi paid-for-inclusion results.