Live Search blog has the details:
“Microsoft, Google, Yahoo! Unite to Support Sitemaps — Today, we are excited to announce that Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! are coming together in support of the SiteMaps protocol. The goal of this effort is to improve search results for customers around the world. ”
See what Danny Sullivan of Search Engine watch has to say:
“Search Engines Unite On Unified Sitemaps System — In alphabetical order, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have agreed to all support a unified system of submitting web pages through feeds to their crawlers. Called Sitemaps, taking its name from the precursor system that Google launched last year …”
By the way, a word to Danny- I like what he writes, but his blog looks cluttered (No offense intended).
Yahoo! Search blog says:
“Yahoo, Google and Microsoft join forces (really !!) behind Sitemaps — The best part about to-do lists is when you get to cross something off, and today we can cross one more from the list of feedback we have collected from webmasters. You have asked us to support a single format for submission … “
“Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Agree to Standard Sitemaps Protocol — In an encouraging act of collaboration, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft announced tonight that they will all begin using the same Sitemaps protocol to index sites around the web. Now based at Sitemaps.org … ”