There's a posting over on the MSN Live Search blog trumpeting the fact that you can now do a search for live flight information. You simply type in your flight details and low and behold you get information on what's happening with that specific flight. Marvellous and wonderful, except... Google's been doing it for about a year or more now. Compare screenshots:
Not sure about you, but I find the Google version smaller, neater and as informative. It's true to say that Microsoft are also offering a 'Flight status' search box, (just type that term in the search box), but if you do that (it's just a long winded way of doing the type of search illustrated) while you get your results you also get sponsored results sitting on top of your answer.
It's bad enough that Microsoft is trying to enthuse us about a search resource that's been available from their competitors for a year or so, but it's just downright poor that even when they try and play catch up they can't improve! Microsoft - please - look up the word 'innovate' in the dictionary and try to use it! As it stands you're a waste of time and space and it's no surprise that you're lagging behind like a snail on crutches.
I found this little gem via John Battelle's weblog. He wanted to go to Microsoft's Live search site, but instead of typing in Live.com he forgot and went to livesearch.com and got this:
I just did the same thing as well. Surely, if you know anything at all about the Internet, you make sure that you get every appropriate (and indeed inappropriate!) domain name that you possible can. Google is forever buying up domain names just so that this doesn't happen.
If Microsoft is that clueless, what hope?