I was just looking this morning to beta.search.msn.com - the MSN guys did an amazing work. I thought we went to catch up google but now it looks like we are way ahead in terms of usability. But this is just my personal opinion - go ahead and take a look for yourself!
Some cool features:
- The index covers five billion web pages and it is almost instantaneous. And this is just a beta site.
- Finally the search works right. My standard search on Win32 API of choice (CoInitializeSecurity) and on my name returns the right stuff.
- The web page loads fast enough such I can set it now as my home page.
- The search builder is way cool: you have a simple, drop dead interface for pretty complex stuff like: recently updated pages, popularity, etc.
I am still learning so this is just what I saw in the first 10 minutes!