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Simplicity rules?
What MS should do in your opinion
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msg:3430177
 2:29 pm on Aug 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

IMHO is it time for MS to get out of the woodworks with their search technologies and proof the fact, that they are able to put up something great. Maybe some here on WebmasterWorld can help, so let's start with some suggestions - they might listen :)

Engine posted here:

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what they released and I consider that more a silverlight demo than a real search engine. It is just a show case...

But it makes one think about: "What is there to improve with Internet Search?" or "What does a killer search engine need to do to gain market share?"

So, they should want:

1.) fresh, spam free index

The database must be fresh, filtered for spam. Basically the groundwork and they should be able to get that right.

2.) relevant results

Basic work, too. Involves IMHO some experience with historical data to mix the results just right for the keyword.

But now to the point, that I miss with LIVE or the silverlight tafiti showcase:

3.) barrier free, fricking fast loading pages with a dead simple interface.

Regarding (3) I agree that yahoo is not following that idea, but at least their homepage does not hesitate to load. When I go to live.com, it feels like a tick longer, even if there is less to see. I think they bloated it with CSS and Javascript.

Based on these ideas, I would like to see:

a) A more minimalistic homepage on live to load a tick faster than google.com

b) less pastel colors and no tweaks on link color or text font used

c) ads on the right in boxes to visually seperate them. less ads

d) domain tools left of the result. Instead of keeping that google style of just displaying the title in blue, some snippet in black and a green domain name, I suggest a result-related toolbox left of the line. Whois, visits, "relevant for" keys nothing super fancy, but something useful.

If they get that straight, I would consider using it... :)

... just some thoughts which came to mind with the tafiti release.

What do you think?

P!

 

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