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Scott Kuhl Warning: I may have no idea what I am talking about!

Live search is constantly evolving.  But forget about all the new features or whatever features you feel are missing (integrated Favorites results).  Just look at the user interface.

It sucks.

I hated the Crayola color scheme in MSN Search and was glad it changed in Live.  Well, that ugly little sucker is back.  Bright blues and greens on a fixed width background.  When I first saw it, I thought it must be a bug rolling out version 2 and somehow they redeployed MSN search.  Nope.  That's it.

And it's in such stark contrast to the soft white of the live.com homepage!  Are there two different design groups working on this thing.  Or maybe they gave the job to some disgruntled employee.

"Hey, let's make the front page a soft white and drive away all the people that are tired of the Google, Yahoo! plain look, then let's make the results bright clown colors to drive away everyone else!"

"OK, as long as we put a bright green button on the front.  Man I loved that XP start button!"

"Hey Ted, when was your last day again?"

Anyone else confused by the new layout and color scheme changes?

Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2007 2:55 AM Rants | Back to top


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