In late June 1999, Netscape announced a new search service built on its Open Directory Project (reviewed in the November 20, 1998 Scout Report
), its Smart Browsing technology, and the services of Google.com (reviewed in the June 4, 1999 Scout Report
). Probably the nicest new feature for current Netscape browser users is that they can now simply type the word "search," followed by a space and the term they are searching for, within the location bar whenever they want to conduct a search. Search returns are reviewed and categorized by a team of editors from the Open Directory Project, with official or especially useful sites tagged with an "Editor's Choice" icon. Users should note that, although the Open Directory includes over 675,000 sites, the sites have been "hand-picked" and thus some arbitrary omissions inevitably result. However, a link is provided at the bottom of each search page for additional results using the Google engine, which searches over 60 million more sites.