Microsoft Kumo Screenshot Emerges

Looks Kind of Like Live Search

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LiveSide has snagged a look at the home page of Kumo, courtesy of some un-named Microsoft employee Twitterers. It looks something like this:

Kumo Screenshot

Upon first glance, it look pretty similar to say, this:

Live Search Screenshot

Eric Krangel at Business Insider recently spoke with Microsoft Search Director Stefan Weitz, who told him that Kumo would only come with minor tweaks. Apparently that goes for the design as well.

A while back, a Microsoft internal memo was made public on All Things Digital that said:

"Kumo.com exists only inside the corporate network, and in order to get enough feedback we will be redirecting internal live.com traffic over to the test site in the coming days."

Evidently, the Microsoft employees cited by LiveSide did not get the memo. Their Tweets went something like this:

did I miss a memo? since when http://search.live.com is redirected to www.kumo.com

I’m kinda digging how Kumo.com keeps my search history on the left side there. Pretty cool.

Never mind. Live.com only redirects to kumo.com if you’re signed into the Microsoft Corporate network… Sorry…

Search history on the left side huh? I can feel the enthusiasm radiating from the Blogosphere now.


Microsoft Kumo Screenshot Emerges
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  • http://www.medlawplus.com jjray

    Microsoft is so late to the web party due to Billy Gates sticking his head in the desktop sand during the 90s. To make an impact, there are two roads: (a) buy market share or (b) innovate. AOL is now part of the google diaspora. For Microsoft to buy market share for search, Yahoo is the only game in town. With the Yangster out, perhaps “monkey boy” Balmer can contain his ego and get a deal down with Yahoo? I have no faith Microsoft can innovate. Their history is copying or buying stuff from others (see DOS, see Windows, see Internet Explorer).

  • http://www.thelostagency.com david

    im wondering why microsofts expensive withdrawal from web analytics is this another project that is doomed to fail?

  • Guest

    the redesign is obviously not the front page, but what’s underneath, folks. reading up on the changes with Kumo, it sounds like the overall experience is changing. i don’t care what the front page looks like. it’s the results that i care about.

  • http://www.uycw.co.cc Young Web World

    I too wondering why microsofts done this

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    This looks like a big change from the usual Microsoft products but I think they have a long way ahead of them.

  • http://www.ascentent.com Ent Services

    I actually believe Microsoft is going to turn their company around with Gates out of the picture.

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    Microsoft is slowly getting their act together.

  • http://www.internet-empire.com Seo Singapore

    Microsoft seemed to have their hands full with Kumo and now Bing. Jack of all trades Master of None?

  • http://www.onlinegamblinglegal.net/ gambling

    It’s not necessarily “crap” but it doesn’t do anything better than any other. I fail to see why every freaking company has a Search Engine… like… why? It’s a good waste of money IMO. If it doesn’t do anything better than Google, just… don’t even START to THINK about coding it all.

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