Search.ch is a Swiss Portal with a difference

5.03.2014 Magdalena Gauci


Search.ch is a Switzerland based search engine, operating since 1995, expanding with its phone book and free SMS services to the Swiss population, through of late it has restricted its free SMS services to one SMS per week.



Tamedia has acquired a stake of over 75% of the company, and thus the portal functions like an extension of Tamedia, specifically providing for Swiss web users. With a homegrown technology, it allows users to confine their searches to a particular city or canton. It's web crawler or search engine bot is designed to search sites that only use the .ch (Swiss) and .li (Liechtenstein, a country neighboring Switzerland).



The web portal caters to the needs that are specific to the of people in Switzerland and in addition to the 3 of the 4 official languages of the nation, French, German, Italian is also available in English. An example of this is Telefonbuch that provides a directory service for all telephones in that country, while Search.ch Maps has taken a leaf from from Google Maps, and allows you to plan your travel, giving specific information about the routes you have to take or avoid. Timetables of the various public transport systems are another service useful for planning services.



The Meteo section provides updates of weather conditions in the country, as well as the central Europe region. The search engine registered considerable traffic in its Guide TV section, that lists the latest information about the TV programs that are broadcast across the various channels offered in the country for viewing, even alerts provided for mobiles and computers.



Other services that residents of Switzerland may find useful are the Job Search, Real Estate and Car Market sections.



Mobile app versions of the service have been released for the Android, iOs, BlackBerry and Windows Phone platforms, enabling users to browse on theirr smartphones, to get music ratings, screen shots of the latest movie releases, apart from the other main offerings of the portal.


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