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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Windows Live: Microsoft's latest jab at Google Search

Microsoft has been trying to catch up with Google for years when it comes to search engine technology, but up to now, they were never really successful about it. Their latest jab at Google comes in the form of a new search portal. Their new engine has a couple of pretty interesting features (for more details, have a look at this PC Magazine article), but to tell you frankly, my first impression weren't very good. The site was awfully slow and the interface was a bit too crowded for my taste. The new scroll bar on the right of the search result page is also a pain in the rear to use.

Try it, you'll see what I mean.

Let's not judge live.com too quicky. The service is still under beta and deserves a second chance after all.


  • Might be great, but of course does nothing at all if you're using Safari. I think they'd do better to improve the msn.com search feature to be more accurate.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:54 PM  

  • Clearly designed for Internet Explorer it has no middle-click opening for new tabs, something which I find essential for searching google.

    It is also slow as hell!

    If only microsoft threw the same amount of money and manhours into making their existing products more usable...

    By Anonymous Ed, at 9:58 PM  

  • We did a peek at Live as well, it's slow as of right now no doubt.. and has some problems with Safari (to name a few); perhaps it's too much of AJAX as well.

    But it's definitely a 'big' step for Microsoft and the iframe type scrolling results is a good idea.. though the interface has still a long way too go.

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    By Anonymous Geek 24: Technology, Gadgets and your daily dose of geek, at 4:37 AM  

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