Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Aug 2007 13:16 UTC, submitted by steverez1
Internet & Networking "Microsoft has released a new showcase of its Silverlight web development frameworks, a graphical search engine called Tafiti. Tafiti, which means 'do research' in Swahili, is an experimental frontend to Microsoft's Live Search engine. It presents search options in three panes on the screen: the left pane is for entering search queries and switching between image, RSS, Web, and News, the middle pane contains the search results, and the right pane is used to 'dock' results using drag-and-drop for looking at later."
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I tried to install Silverlight, and after 90% it failed. I was then sent to this page, with details about the user friendly workaround. It probably didn't like that I chose "Run" instead of "Save" when I clicked on the download link...

Update: I followed the instructions and it still wouldn't install...

Update 2: Not only did I have to download the alpha version, but the instructions were incomplete. I had to type "install.exe" after step 9. I was not impressed by Tafiti. Most of the "Silverlight" features could be simplified using Javascript. There's no reason to add all that animation just to click the "news" button...

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jayson.knight Member since:

"Most of the "Silverlight" features could be simplified using Javascript."

Tafiti runs on Silverlight 1.0, which uses javascript almost entirely. Hopefully that provides some insight.

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kmarius Member since:

That's not what I meant, and I think you understood me :-)

I was talking about using a simplified web interface, without installing Silverlight.

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cg0def Member since:

and silverlight doesn't use ajax? How do you suppose that all those pretty pictures show up your screen then?

I never thought I would say this but Silverlight is some of MS' better work and it's actually almost great. Well it would be if it was oss. It uses much less resources than flash and looks just as good. The site though sux. Seriously out of all the ideas that one can come up with MS decided to go with this one as a demo? Do they really think that people a desperately in need of pretty pictures when they are searching for a link to another site?

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