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This post was published more than 14 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 14 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 14 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

The new Beta version of MSN Search is, on several fronts, better than Google. The main one is a feature that I need all the time: Type a search such as “Capital of France” and you get a straight answer from Encarta. That blows Google out of the water. And it still has my favourite bits of the Google idea: Type “Define x” and it gives a dictionary definition, and it’ll do calculations to, and there’s an image search application. The Desktop Search application is better integrated with Outlook than windows, and will work from the Desktop Search Bar. There isn’t a UK biased version of the Toolbar Suite yet, but if this arrives before Google’s version, I’ll be switching allegiance.

The Newsbot has come out of nowhere to be (in my opinion) better than Google News.

Once these get out of beta and well integrated into the desktop, Google could be seriously threatened.

So MSN is my ‘big tip’ for 2005.

This 159th post was filed under: Technology.

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