Refreshing Kumo.com home page

Earlier this month Kumo was released internally to Microsoft employees for testing and also several screenshots of Kumo.com surfaced over the net. LiveSide has got it hands on the new Kumo.com home page which looks refreshingly nice. Below is the new Kumo.com home page followed by the live.com home page

They both look quite similar except for the changes below

Branding

Header

Footer

Notice that in Kumo footer, you are able to cycle through the backgrounds

Neowin has learned that there is a complete redesign along with the rebranding of the Kumo search engine. We're going to be seeing a ton of new features, which LiveSide has caught a sneak peak at, including search history, best match reporting, categorized listing, and much more.

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I'm never using it. I'm a die-hard Google/Apple fan, and I prefer Google search. It's minimal, has no annoying backgrounds to get in the way, and gives me proper results. I think that Microsoft is appealing to the people who simply must have pretty stuff all over, kind of like Vista and 7.

If it gives me more relevant results and more advance search accessibility, then I'll use it over Google. Google's search results for me are becoming less and less relevant. The most useful Advance Search function "By My Recent" is buried and in-accessible.

ROFL. Oh, this may be enough to bring MS search search share down below 5%. The name alone is going to drive away many remaining MSN/Live users. There was no good reason for this name change, it is yet another goofy MS marketing scheme that is going to fail horribly. MS is shooting itself in the foot by sabotaging/diluting its own popular brands.

Well, Live Search isn't a popular brand. Windows Live is starting to come together but it's not setting the house on fire. MSN has always been bad. Microsoft has nothing to lose but everything to gain.

I like the logo, but not the name. I still can't seem to get the hang of the name "Kumo", unless it does something more super amazing than the current Live Search. I also prefer the green magnifying icon :)

Hey !

- I don't know if anyone has noticed this, and it's not a big deal anyway, but "www.kumo.com" has a Live Search Windows Live favicon now.

well the links in the article tell you if you haven't heard...but to answer your question it's MS's new branding for Live Search and I guess according to several posts here and elsewhere it boasts what MS hopes to be an improved engine.

Airlink said,
Right now? It's a blank page. Literally a blank page. There's nothing on it.

Apart from the Windows logo in the favicon

I like the name and page. I've been using the US version Live Search as my homepage because I like the pictures they put up with little nuggets of information. They still haven't rolled out such things to the UK version. Hopefully Kumo will have the same features for everyone. I think Microsoft are onto a winner with the name and look, they just need to jump ahead in search technology which is entirely possible. Xbox is successful, Zune to a degree as well, being US and Canada only. Kumo could be next and what they all seem to have in common is the deliberate, it's not Microsoft or Windows plastered everywhere and in your face.

what said,
Neither have you...

And? What is your point?

My point is that you can't judge the functionality without using it first, especially when many people have stated the features they are working on and that it is going to be greatly improved.

I haven't used it yet, so unlike Windows7even, I haven't judged the functionality before using it. I've not said it is or isn't going to be light-years behind Google.

So, I ask again, what is your point?

Calum said,
...point is that you can't judge the functionality without using it first...

+1.

But still, it will take quite a bit to stop me from using Google as my main.

I dunno about other people but I never use a webpage to search anything it's always from the inbuilt search bar in ff. So this is pretty useless to me.

mail said,
I dunno about other people but I never use a webpage to search anything it's always from the inbuilt search bar in ff. So this is pretty useless to me.

whether you use built-in functionality or not im sure it still uses google.

mail said,
I dunno about other people but I never use a webpage to search anything it's always from the inbuilt search bar in ff. So this is pretty useless to me.

It's not about the web page, it's about the search engine.

You still have a choice of search engine from Firefox's in-built search bar.

I think it's academic what they call it; it's still destined to fall way behind Google. There are some things that money can't solve and this one of them.

No, they should brand it Kumo. 1-3 syllable single word = easier to memorize. When it's not related to Windows symbolically or Microsoft due to placebo I'm sure there will be more confidence for others to try it.

I like how branding is going for XBox, Zune, and hopefully Kumo.
Keep the Live portal alive for the suite and the web-related stuff.

The site looks really sexy though.

TheNGTV said,
No, they should brand it Kumo. 1-3 syllable single word = easier to memorize. When it's not related to Windows symbolically or Microsoft due to placebo I'm sure there will be more confidence for others to try it.

I like how branding is going for XBox, Zune, and hopefully Kumo.
Keep the Live portal alive for the suite and the web-related stuff.

The site looks really sexy though.

It'd become more laughing stock then live search already is. it shouldn't be called kumo.

I like the name Kumo. They might actually be on to a winner here with the search intelligence that actually works out what you're trying to search for rather than just match words.

I agree that Kumo would be the perfect name for it (I just heard that it wasn't going to be Kumo). I mean, how is "Kumo" any worse a name than "Google" when you think about it? I bet if there wasn't anything called Google out there and Microsoft were thinking of branding their search engine "Google", a lot of people would still think it sounds horrible. It's just because it's a new name and it isn't confirmed, so people are judging it and debating it.

That's what I think. When you think about it, "Google" is not a nice name.

Steeley said,
I like the name Kumo. They might actually be on to a winner here with the search intelligence that actually works out what you're trying to search for rather than just match words.

Perhaps you know what new relevant search technology they will be implementing? I'm really looking forward to an alternative to Google, bet whenever I search using another engine, it tends to give me less relevant results.

Minimoose said,
I always thought that the name Google came from the Googol? Hence it being a large search engine, so the name does make sense.


But "Kumo" is Japanese for spider, which also makes sense.

I'm really looking forward to this. I hope they release the final version soon with the final name as well