MSN Search Will Sponsor Upcoming American Mensa Events Including Mensa Colloquium 2005 and Mind Games

Mensa Selects MSN Search as the High IQ Society's Web Site

Feb 21, 2005, 00:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The new MSN(R) Search,
 the first-ever search engine built from the ground up by MSN to help consumers
 more quickly find precise answers on the Web, will team up with the U.S. Mensa
 affiliate of the worldwide high IQ society to support several of the
 organization's upcoming U.S. events as a corporate sponsor. These events
 include Mensa Colloquium 2005 and Mind Games. MSN will also feature questions
 from CultureQuest(R) on the new homepage. With the addition of the MSN
 Search bar to Mensa's Web page (, American Mensa
 members and other site visitors can get direct access to Web searches and
 unique MSN features such as Instant Answers from Microsoft(R) Encarta(R).
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     "As a group of people who enjoy tough intellectual challenges, American
 Mensa naturally has some pretty high expectations for the speed and accuracy
 of results delivered by a search engine on our Web site," said Jim Blackmore,
 national marketing director for American Mensa. "We've been nothing but
 impressed with the new MSN Search service's capabilities, and we're looking
 forward to an ongoing relationship with MSN."
     Mensa, an international society composed of people whose IQ is in the top
 2 percent of the population, focuses on promoting a wide range of
 intellectual, social and cultural activities for its 100,000 members in more
 than 100 countries. MSN will sponsor Mensa Colloquium 2005, an educational
 forum taking place March 4-6 in Tucson, Ariz.; and Mind Games, a yearly
 gathering during which Mensa members test new board and card games and award
 the Mensa Select seal to the top five games on the market. This year's Mind
 Games event is April 15-17 in Tampa, Fla. In addition to being the search
 engine of American Mensa, MSN has plans to feature past questions from
 American Mensa's annual CultureQuest competitions along with other Mensa-
 provided information as part of the regular rotating content on MSN. More
 details are to come on the relationship between Mensa and MSN Search.
     "Having American Mensa, which is synonymous with mental agility and
 knowledge, select MSN Search for its official Web site is a tremendous vote of
 confidence in our technology," said Justin Osmer, product manager for MSN.
 "MSN is excited about adding Mensa content to our online experience and
 challenging consumers with CultureQuest questions."
     About American Mensa
     American Mensa is an organization open to anyone who scores in the top two
 percent on an accepted, standardized intelligence test. The organization has
 more than 50,000 members in the United States and more than 100,000 members
 around the world. Members of Mensa attend local and national events, join
 special interest groups such as astronomy and philosophy, and help out in
 their communities through various projects. For more information about Mensa,
 or to apply for membership, visit or call
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