A Look at Microsoft's Tafiti, a Silverlight Powered Search Engine

Aug 27, 2007 • 9:44 am | comments (1) by twitter | Filed Under Bing Search

Last week, Microsoft launched Tafiti, a search engine that is powered by its new Silverlight technology. I played around with the features and have showed some screenshots of the new search engine in action.

Once Silverlight is installed, you see a nice little notepad where you can scribble type in your search.

Tafiti: Microsoft's New Search Engine

You're then presented with some results and can drag interesting results to a glass pane on the right hand side of your browser.

Tafiti: Results

Then, you can label these saved searches:

Tafiti: Add Results to Your Sidebar

The downside is that you have to turn off your popup blocker in order to see any selection. I found that a bit of a hindrance.

Tafiti: Turn off Your Popups

WebmasterWorld members feel that the saved search functionality is useful, but there's not much potential for Silverlight. After all, it is a direct competitor to Adobe's Flash which has been around for over a decade.

Even so, it has a "web 2.0" feel, which some members welcome:

Regardless of the result its always good to see companies experiment, especially with a user interface. That said, I think the site, visually, leaves alot to be desired. I have Visual Thesaurus, which I love to use, that makes Tafiti look pretty primitive, but the storing/sharing of multiple searches could be useful.

Others just don't see much use for it.

Google have it right...give people the results with a minumum of fuss and time. waiting for those animations every time I do a search would drive me up the wall.

Forum discussion continues at WebmasterWorld.

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Rob Abdul

08/28/2007 12:16 pm

If you had a slow puncture you would either fix it or replace it. What’s the purpose of changing the tire and leaving the old inner tube with the puncture? That’s what I think about Tafiti in summary. Pros: Will appeal to non-savy web searchers who will sacrifice visual appear for quality search results. Cons Requires installation Disabling your popup blocker. It takes Microsoft and Yahoo too long to index the web and the ever growing pages on the web. Microsoft should invest in indexing the web rather than going off-course. This is where Google God’s are on the money.

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