Word has it we’re going to see a completely new version of Microsoft's Live Search at this year’s D: All Things Digital conference next week.
All Things Digital is hosted by the Wall Street Journal and the newspaper today reports that Microsoft will show off a new version of its Internet search engine, a project codenamed Kumo, at the show.
The Redmond company thinks that it has been playing second fiddle to Google when it comes to search for too long and rather than breathing new life into rumors about a Yahoo! acquisition, it seems the company has decided to improve its own search engine. According to the WSJ (which cites people familiar with the matter) Microsoft has been privately testing the search engine within the company for months.
The gist of it is Kumo aims to help us cut down on the amount of time we spend on the web, sifting through links that are of no use to us. The WSJ gives an example of the new technology like a certain model of car. Kumo would throw up results but grouped into different categories like listings for parts, used car listings, online discussion forums and videos showing the vehicle.
While it’s nice to see Microsoft improving its products, we can’t honestly say this will drag us away from Google. What do you guys think? A lot of you said that when Google burped last week, you were forced to use Yahoo! or Live Search. Can you see yourself turning your back on Google by choice, or is this too little too late on Microsoft’s part? Let us know!