jmccormac - 4:07 pm on Oct 14, 2010 (gmt 0)
No. It is an engineering philosophy that works well with UIs. Basically the trick is to get the user to become used to and proficient with the UI so that they can eventually use it without having to think about things. The Gee-Whiz geekery that Google's UI people inflicted on users broke that simplicity and gave Bing the chance that it needed. It would have been far better if these features were added gradually so that users could become familiar with them over time instead of overloading them. Perhaps Google's UI people forgot that Google built its reputation on making things simple. Any idiot can make things complex but it takes real genius to make things simple.
That's the kind of philosophy that kills good companies. Stability = Stagnation. Great companies are constantly improving, not just hanging on to past successes.