Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Sep 2013 23:12 UTC
Microsoft

With this release we've created a modern Bing.com experience - one that is faster, cleaner and more visually appealing. We believe that search can be beautiful as well as functional and efficient. With that as our goal, we evaluated fonts, spacing, color, visual scan patterns, the search box and even the underlying code.

My problem with this and recent moves by Google: when I do a regular search, I do not want my search results to be spammed by news, picture, and video results. Bing seems to follow in Google's footsteps by adding irrelevant crap to search results for the sake of looking cool, but at the cost of usability.

I mean, check this screenshot. How much of the page is reserved for actual search results, and not pictures, info boxes, news items, and god knows what else?

Exactly: none.

Thread beginning with comment 572337
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
User Engagement
by Jbso on Wed 18th Sep 2013 00:11 UTC
Jbso
Member since:
2013-01-05

The problem, of course, is that Google and Microsoft want you to think of Google Search/Bing as destinations in their own right, rather than a means to an end. That's why they insist on adding tons of "content". It's understandable why they would want this, but as you say, clearly no thought about what users want in search engine.

Reply Score: 4

RE: User Engagement
by ssokolow on Wed 18th Sep 2013 00:38 in reply to "User Engagement"
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

Bit of an irony.

Didn't Yahoo! lose to Google back in the early days because they were trying the exact same kind of nonsense Google and Bing are now doing?

Edited 2013-09-18 00:39 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 13

RE[2]: User Engagement
by benytocamela on Wed 18th Sep 2013 07:38 in reply to "RE: User Engagement"
benytocamela Member since:
2013-05-16

Nonsense, if you go to google.com you are still greeted with a rather clean and spartan white page, not with a web-site-as-an-aggregate mess.

Reply Parent Score: 4

RE[2]: User Engagement
by REM2000 on Wed 18th Sep 2013 08:41 in reply to "RE: User Engagement"
REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

i know it's a redundant reply, but i just scrolled down to make exactly the same comment. Yahoo got slammed for the crap they had on their pages.

Reply Parent Score: 4