Microsoft's Tafiti: Interesting But Immature

Martin Veitch takes a look at Microsoft's experimental Tafiti search engine, which requires the company's Silverlight cross-platform, a cross-brower plug-in intended for rich media applications. He finds the interface interesting with its virtual index card, carousel for search types, and ability to store results.

But Veitch's basic assessment, after speaking with other experts, is that the engine serves primarily as "eye candy" and a showcase for the Silverlight technology. Its biggest drawback is a reliance on Microsoft's Live Search, which he said yields largely relevant results, but not as good as those found elsewhere.
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