incrediBILL - 6:43 pm on Apr 5, 2011 (gmt 0)
He's right in many ways already.
The future of search as he sees it is actually here, and it didn't require much looking in the crystal ball either, because Google has already done it!
For instance, you turn on your Android phone's GPS, and it shows you your location on the map, which prior to integrated GPS would've required you type in your address on MapQuest or whatever.
Now click the filter for "restaurants" and up pops a list of places near where you are, then you can filter again for "pizza" and narrow the results, which previously required local searches or searching with Google maps.
It's still search, it's just smarter and requires less input.
Looking for an open grocery store at 11pm? Just speak "24 hour grocery store" and Google Navigation immediately plots a course. Yes, search just happened to get there too.
So basically MSFT sees the future as Google. Hmmm. ;)