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“We have contacted them through official channels about concerns about the similarities between Bing and Kayak,” Kayak’s chief marketing officer Robert Birge told Wired.com “From the look and feel of their travel product, they seem to agree with our approach to the market.”
That’s careful language for “Microsoft copied our stuff wholesale.”
Microsoft’s Whitney Burk denies that there’s any copying going on.
“We are discussing the matter with Kayak,” Burk said in emailed statement. “Bing Travel is based on independent development by Microsoft and Farecast.com, which Microsoft acquired in 2008. Any contrary allegations are without merit.”
Copyright law offers some protection for a website’s look-and-feel, but it’s not easy to prove.
It's hard for me to believe that the designers at Microsoft & Farecast who worked on this portal didn't specifically use the Kayak interface as inspiration.
What a shame. ::sigh::
I think right now its a lot of people testing it out and evaluating it.I don't think it's going to fall back as much as people think. If people are evaluating and liking it, whey would they switch back?
Google has morphed to something I do not recognize anymore. What drove me to use them in the beginning has been lost.