Is Live The Death Of Google? - The Web search...
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The Web search performs much as other search engines, only it serves ads from MSN's new ad network instead of Adwords. It does offer a "related search" section, something Google has yet to implement, but a standard feature of Ask.com for a while now.
The relevancy of the results, is, as always, a matter of debate. MSN's Search performs ably in many regards, but one can't help but wonder if the larger index Google provides means you're missing something. Relevancy is undeniably important, though. It is one of the core reasons a searcher might actually make a switch, should his current engine of choice "let him down" too many times.
The Images search is an improvement on the Google and Yahoo technology, in that it offers dynamic thumbnail display in a "pageless" layout. Pass your cursor over a thumbnail and it will enlarge, with a brief description and the URL where the image can be found. The interface is intuitive and really feels innovative. The thumbnails can be dynamically resized, and the "scratchpad" can quickly create collections by drag-and-drop. The primary drawback to this very innovate feature is that it will respond slowly for those on dial-up and with weaker machines.
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