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Via Digg, found this video comparing the load times of Google.com and Live.com (and making fun of them, and Brokeback Mountain).

The video tries to prove that Windows Live is too bloated when compared with the Goog, but is it a good point?

Using Firefox on a relatively fast wi-fi connection, Google.com loaded in under a single second. Live.com loaded in -

Wait, that isn’t right. Live.com is a personalized homepage. The Google equivelant would be google.com/ig, not google.com.

Using Firefox on a relatively fast wi-fi connection, Google.com/ig loaded in 38 seconds. Live.com loaded in 23 seconds.

Now, to compare apples to apples.

Google.com loaded in under a second. Search.Live.com loaded in two seconds. Searching for a junk term (with no results) on Google.com took one second. A junk search on Live.com took one second. A search for the company name on Google.com took one second. A search for the company name on Live.com took one second.

So, as far as page load goes, Google search and Live search load equally, and Google’s personalized homepage and Live.com’s personalized homepage both take awhile. Yes, Live.com takes longer than Google.com to load, but Live Search is just as fast as Google search.

In fact, Live Search runs faster than MSN Search, and that’s the main thing. Live Search doesn’t have some of the things that can slow down Google search, like desktop search results and OneBox results. So, any discussions of speed have to compare apples to apples. The fact is, searching on either site is very fast, and that is what counts.

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Nathan Weinberg writes the popular InsideGoogle blog, offering the latest news and insights about Google and search engines.

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