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!
The head honchos at Microsoft need to step back and think about their business strategy. You can't come in late to the game with out having something better than your competition, and Microsoft Live search certainly isn't better. Microsoft seems to have forgotten that Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, etc... only became popular because Microsoft was able to undercut their competitors prices or drive them out of business. Google is free, and far too poweful to be brought down, and Microsoft honestly doesn't have a strategy for that.
I totally kumo'ed your sister last night btw
At this point I think it is Microsoft challenging itself to come up with a better product more than anything.
Thanks google for keeping things LIGHT!!!
Unless I need IE8!!!
Plus, usually when the Google burps happen I'm still snoozin' so it never affected me and hopefully never.
GOOGLE FTW ... even a monkey can use google, thats how simple and efective it is.