AOL Search is a search engine that was launched by AOL in 1997. It was initially based on the Excite search engine, which AOL had acquired the rights to use. However, AOL eventually developed its own search technology and renamed the service to AOL Search. In 2006, AOL released a compressed text file containing 20 million search keywords for over 650,000 users over a 3-month period between March 1, 2006, and May 31, intended for research purposes. Today, AOL Search is powered by Microsoft Bing and provides a variety of results.