Google Wins PC Magazine’s Technical Excellence Award for Innovation in Web Application Development

COMDEX/FALL ’99, Las Vegas – Nov. 16, 1999 – Google Inc. today announced that it has received top honors at the 1999 PC Magazine Awards for Technical Excellence in the Internet Infrastructure: Web Applications category. Google’s widely acclaimed search engine was among 33 breakthrough products designated as finalists in the annual awards program. Winners were chosen by the magazine’s editors, senior contributors and PC Magazine Labs from hundreds of products that were shipped in the 12-month period that ended Sept. 30, 1999.

Cited by PC Magazine as "simply a smart web application," Google’s search technology was also commended for delivering the most relevant results query after query, and displaying the results in format that is easy to scan or read. "Though the website is barely a year old, we admire the work of Google’s creators, Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page. The execution of their plan for building the site is superb," noted PC Magazine’s editors.

The magazine also noted: "This search engine consistently returns good results using PageRank techniques that determine the relevancy of search results by analyzing the number of websites that point to any page returned by a query. Google uses sophisticated text-matching techniques and returns results with page excerpts along with highlighted search terms."

"We’re delighted to receive this award from PC Magazine, an established and venerable authority on computing and Internet technologies," said Sergey Brin, Google’s president and co-founder. "Our goal from the beginning has been to provide the very best search experience on the web. We are honored by this distinction and recognition of our efforts."

PC Magazine presents its prestigious Technical Excellence awards annually to companies that excel in creating new technologies, concepts, and major advances in existing product categories.

About Google, Inc.

Google, Inc. was founded in 1998 by Stanford University Ph.D. candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin to create a new generation of powerful, scalable search engine products to improve the user experience of searching the web. Based on four years of advanced research in computer science, Google is dedicated to providing the best user search experience by delivering a powerful, yet simple-to-use format for finding the most relevant answers to search queries. Google currently offers search solutions through its own destination site at The company also offers co-branded web search and site search solutions for information content providers.

Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., is privately held. Its funding partners include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Partners. More information about Google can be found on the company’s website at

Google is a play on the word googol, which was coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner, to represents the figure 1 followed by 100 zeroes. Google’s use of the term reflects the immense amount of information available on the web.


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