Microsoft unveils next-gen search engine for MSN

By Justin Mann on March 8, 2006, 1:06 PM
MSN is going to be getting a facelift of sorts in Microsoft's continued efforts against Google. Microsoft has release a beta version of the revamped search engine designed for MSN dubbed "Windows Live Search", and is available for use on live.com. The plan is to replace MSN's current search with Windows Live Search once enough testing has been completed and feedback received. Microsoft has very high hopes, it seems:

"A lot of people think, 'Hey, ... Didn't Google become the popular search engine? And don't they just do a great job? And there's no room for improvement,'" Mehdi said. Once people get a feel for Windows Live Search, Mehdi said, "They're going to say, 'Holy cow, I had no idea that search could get this much better!'"
From enhanced previews of pages to “support for tabbed web browsing” (however that affects a search engine), all search results being dynamically displayed on a single page (Gooooooooooooooooooogle ?) and others, it's another of those things that sounds good on paper. Go ahead and try it out for yourself over at live.com




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gooderguy said:
I'm really starting to hate Microsoft. Must they have absolutely everything? Ok, must stay objective, right?Tried it, don't like it so far. Really hate the schrolling in search results, kinda choppy (it's not my video card).Even better, first thing I typed to test is the word "stuff" (it just came to mind), then with the word "stuff" still in the search, I clicked on IMAGES. Just have to say, I deffinately would NOT let any kids use this search, at least not for a while. The word "stuff" brings quite the questionable content. Kinda cool though when you just point to images in the results, it zooms in on it, but then clicking on the pictures rarely displays the actual picture, mostly just goes to some related site. Again the schroll in the IMAGES results gets pretty choppy as you go down, too many results on the same page.They still have a lot of work to do. For now, I am sticking with GOOGLE (with no plans to change).
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