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February 03, 2005

MSN Search Launches

As you may have noticed, MSN Search has officially launched.

The search results seem to be good (the answer on launch day was #12 and #1; I won't repeat the question). I'm not crazy about the UI, however. I guess it is part of MSN branding but the blue box around the search box is oppressive and I dislike the white on dark text. I also don't like the way the results page looks. Basically the fact that the page titles are boldfaced (so the search term can't be highlighted by boldfacing), and the blue bar at the top again. So my summary is that I like all the places where it is just like Google, and I am perturbed by the places where it is different. Edward Tufte commented that Google's UI was perfect, and he may be right. Or perhaps I am so used to Google that I view anything else as "wrong". But the fact is it makes the search results seem more amateurish, even though (at a quick navel-gazing glance) they are actually better than Google's.

Posted by AdamBa at February 3, 2005 10:20 PM

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I thought MSN would do much better alas, it really is too little too late.

Posted by: at February 8, 2005 08:27 PM