Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Insulted by Microsoft's Live Search

search.live.com re-launched today with new features. It's awful, and an insult to the consumer.

Basically it puts advertising ahead of any kind of usability. I guess this is to be expected from any website in the future, since we're in the reborn age of internet bubbleism. The old, lame "how do you plan to make money" question is today answered one of two ways:
  1. Advertising
  2. Get acquired by Yahoo, Google or Amazon
Since Microsoft is unlikely to have option 2 happen to them (though you never know, given Yahoo and Google's skyrocketing valuations), they have to count one option 1. Understandable.

What's not understandable is why they've made a competely counterinutive Javascript app to return search results just so they can update their ads as you scroll. Last I checked, a scrollbar was put just to the right of any HTML page circa 1993, when Mosaic 0.2 was released. Maybe Javascript was overkill for this seemingly simple task of putting search results into a scrollable window.

I'm beginning to loathe pages that use Javascript and Flash.