By Eric Bangeman | Published: November 16, 2006 – 09:35AM CT
Sitemaps was originally created by Google in June 2005 and released under the Attribution/Share Alike Creative Commons license. Yahoo began using it within a couple of months its release. Combined, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo have an 85.3 percent search engine market share as of July 2006 according to comScore.
In a joint statement, Windows Live Search general manager Ken Moss said, “the quality of your index is predicated by the quality of your sources and Windows Live Search is happy to be working with Google and Yahoo! on Sitemaps to not only help webmasters, but also help consumers by delivering more relevant search results so they can find what they’re looking for faster.”
“This is a great development for the whole community and addresses a real need of webmasters in a very convenient fashion,” according to Danny Sullivan, editor-in-chief of Search Engine Watch. “At industry conferences, webmasters have asked for open standards just like this.”