Last week, Microsoft Live Search expanded the description that appears below Wikipedia results and have added navigational links to major headings within the Wikipedia article. Google has long been criticized by the search marketing community for ranking Wikipedia results highly for a large percentage of queries, but the general searching population tends to find these results useful. Microsoft must have found that their searchers find Wikipedia results particularly valuable for their queries to have implemented special treatment for them.

Below is the Wikipedia result for the query breakfast at tiffany's. The description that appears below the title is twice as long as standard descriptions and links to sections within the Wikipedia article are listed horizontally below the text.

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Below more details about the Wikipedia listing, as well as on the overall trend of all the major search engines showing increased details on the results pages and what that might mean for site owners who are worried about lowered click-through rates.

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