Steve Ballmer is still trying to resurrect a possible search deal with Yahoo!. Ballmer told the FT that he thought a search deal was still possible - and that it would most likely happen when Yahoo! got its new CEO, and while Microsoft's new search boss Qi Lu, pinched from Yahoo!, was still new to his job. Yahoo!'s search for a …
People Haven't Connected to "Live Search",..
...and they'll connect to "Kumo"?
Are they even still in business?
Nobody uses Live Search because it's a facsimile of Google.
It didn't used to be and nobody used it because of the clutter. So they tried to 'Google-ise' it, which is all well and good, but then why would you use it instead of Google?
Google got there first because it's simple - a box on a white page is all you need. They all try something different every now and again - look at Ask as an example. Except that they've had to go back to the Google style because nobody wants to spend their life messing about on a fancy search engine.
MS are terrible at innovating. Their only way of getting anywhere in the search engine 'market' is to buy up competitors and become hapy with playing second (instead of third or fourth) fiddle to the market leader. Like the Zune. Like the XBox.
Psst Steve B
I've got some magic beans that will turn MSN search into Google
Live Search Images
I started using Live Search a few months ago, seems to work well enough for my purposes.
The big surprise for me was the Images search. I like it much better than Google's because when you click on a picture, it opens it in a pane in the same window rather than taking you to another page. Saves a lot of wear and tear on the forward and back buttons.
Why not buy Yahoo's useful services?
Consumers are more likely to identify with "kumo" (keno?) than with "live search"? Ok, if you say so MS. I suggest, MS, you call your iPod killer "the Zune". That is going to frighten the pants off of Apple.
Bill/Ballmer with the dunce hat on icon.
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