AOL Developments And A New Microsoft Search Engine: What Year Is This?
Two names are dominating tech news today: AOL and Microsoft. But if it's 1999, why is there a hybrid car in my driveway and a flat-panel TV inside my house?
AOL has returned to the headlines because its owner, Time Warner, has now publicly acknowledged the inevitable by announcing that it will spin off the company. That will officially end what a lot of people in the tech business would consider the Worst. Merger. Ever.
But for AOL's users, the story isn't over yet. A newly-independent AOL might decide to sell off its dial-up business to a third party (and probably should while there's still some value left in it). Its portfolio of Web services (the real future of the company) is probably in store for some sort of post-spinoff reshuffling once management doesn't have to worry about what TW HQ might want. If you're an AOL customer, I'd like to hear your take on the news -- let me know what you think in the comments.
Microsoft, meanwhile, has done a late-'90s thing of its own: It's launching a new search engine. And it's doing so in classic dot-com-boom fashion by adopting a new moniker of no clear relevance: Bing. (What was so wrong with "Live Search"?)
Most people will only see a preview of Bing at that page, but Microsoft says it should be available to everybody by June 3. The company's press release outlines how the new site is supposed to do a better job of presenting the facts you're seeking instead of just coughing up a list of links, then provide better ways to sort and sift through those results.
In a phone briefing earlier this month, Microsoft senior vice president Yusuf Mehdi explained that the company wanted to help people with the more complex searches -- beyond "where is this site" -- that often involve a long bout of trial-and-error for users unversed in search-engine query syntax.
Bing will also fold in an updated version of Microsoft's Live Maps -- one of my favorite Web cartography tools -- plus the helpful Farecast travel-search engine that Microsoft bought last year. It will not, however, do much for Microsoft's news and blog searches.
I will be taking a look at Bing soon; in the meantime, if you can get into the site, please share your impressions. If you can't, you can at least share your impressions of the name.
May 28, 2009; 1:21 PM ET
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