joined:June 14, 2010
There's a feature of Windows 8 that has a potential of changing the way search is performed. My reasoning is primarily because of the saturation of the O/S in desktops. laptops, and if they get a foot-hold in mobile, then there too.
With Windows 8 we don't need to open a web browser to search the Internet. From the desktop there is a full screen search app to do the job. Results are not presented in the traditional manner either. They are displayed as rectangular tiles. I do like the design, layout and flow overall.
However there is one aspect of this search app I'm not liking. Results are returned vertically whereas the flow of the design encourages one to read the results horizontally which for westerners is our natural method of eye movement - from left to right then onto the next line.
So for example if your site appears in spot #3 in Bing results in a browser based search it would actually be more like spot #9 or #12 if one reads results naturally left to right. It will be variable depending on screen width.
Over and above the display layout I think this has a very good potential of decreasing google's dominance when (if) Windows 8 becomes widely adopted.
Has anyone else considered this and what are your thoughts and observations?