as good as

Scoble tells that Microsoft Search is close to Google Search in accuracy.

… I just tried a few searches and, indeed, it’s a lot better than it used to be. They’ve significantly closed the gap with Google.

… It’s also fast and the UI is nice. I think it matches Google all the way around on search. …

Now, the problem is, if Microsoft matches Google, who will switch away from Google? I won’t. The trust I’ve built since the late 1990s of searching Google many times a day without a problem is going to be a very hard thing to beat. To get me to switch Microsoft will have to be better than Google.

How about you? Does Microsoft (or Yahoo or Ask) have any hope of getting you to switch your default search engine?

Microsoft’s search a lot better than it used to be « Scobleizer – Tech Geek Blogger

I tried it on the search terms that I know best. Indeed, is getting better — though it is not nearly as good as Google overall.

The real story is how crappy the results are in comparison. Do not use Yahoo for search.


25 things he hates about Google

This guy is getting a lot of grief over his Google-bashing:

25 Things I Hate About Google – Danny Sullivan, Mar. 13, 2006

But I think he has some good points. Google is pretty messy right now. They need to streamline things.

Adobe Blurs Line Between PC and Web

We want everything to “work” whether we are connected to the internet or not.

Monday Adobe introduced their technology called AIR:

But most people may never know AIR is there. Applications will look and run the same whether the user is at his desk or his portable computer, and soon when using a mobile device or at an Internet kiosk. Applications will increasingly be built with routine access to all the Web’s information, and a user’s files will be accessible whether at home or traveling.

Looks to me there will be a major fight to see if this technology (based on Adobe FLASH) becomes the standard. Or one of others:

Adobe faces stiff competition from a number of big and small companies with the same idea. …

Mozilla, the developer of the Firefox Web browser, has created a system known as Prism. Sun Microsystems introduced JavaFX this year, which is also aimed at blurring the Web-desktop line. Google is testing a system called Gears, which is intended to allow some Web services to work on computers that are not connected to the Internet.

Finally, there is Microsoft. It is pushing its competitor to Flash, called Silverlight. Three years ago, Microsoft hired one of Mr. Lynch’s crucial software developers at Macromedia, Brad Becker, to help create it. Mr. Becker was a leading designer of the Flash programming language. …


Adobe Air web page