Live vs. Google Search

Most people I talk to use Google for Internet search. Google returns relevant results fast.

Over the last few years, Microsoft has made a ton of progress with Internet search ( In fact, I can now say that Live Search is at least as good as Google search. In some cases, it’s actually better! The local maps integration is better – so if you’re looking for a specific place, Live search does a better job of showing you. In the past, I was trying to be a good corporate citizen by using Microsoft search… but now I can confidently say that it -is- better. In fact, I only use for search.

In any case, I don’t think people will move to search overnight. Google has a ton of mindshare so users will only move to if offers other tangible benefits… but if I were Google, I would be very scared. 🙂

I actually moved several friends and family to search… at first they didn’t believe me, but after checking it out themselves, they did find that was as good and in some cases better than Google… and now have switched! In fact, one of these ex-Google search users found this interesting search result from when you search for “search” as the search phrase. Interesting, huh? Even Google admits Live search is better. 😛

Comments (12)

  1. SJB says:

    but   I can say to someone "just google it".   however "just livesearch it" rolls off the tongue like a brick

    that name is horrid imho.  

  2. Luciano says:

    So why is faster/better to search YOUR’S msdn site with google than with the internal search???

  3. Nick says:

    Have you tried the same search on Live? The top result is Google. Seems everything is very chummy in the search engine game these days…

  4. ArpanS says:

    I tried the same search on and the first result is not Google. Not sure how you got that result.

  5. Gavin says:

    I got different results too.

    for the live url the key difference is how it determines which market you are from.

    so for these url’s you will get a different result.






  6. Alpesh Nakar says:

    Why people use google?

    I do agree with Arpan, live(msn search) has come a long way. There is always room for improvement. Agreed Google is what you would suggest to someone, but how about go search Microsoft Network(MSN) to people who come asking you queries about Microsoft Products. After all who doesn’t use Microsoft. You gotta admit, whatever IT is today, its all because of Microsoft!

    Good one Arpan.

  7. E says:

    I’m not sure how I compare with other internet users, but I think that any search engine I would use would give more or less the same experience.

    Basically, I have three sorts of searches: I want to know what foo’s website is, so I search for "foo"; I want to look up some stuff on bar so I search for "wiki bar" to take me to the wikipedia page of it, from which I click on the off-site links; I want to search for baz so I search for "baz" plus related key terms.

    The thing is, the first two describe 99% of my searches. And any search engine is good enough to do those. In the unusual case that the wikipedia article is non-existant or lacking, then I resort to the search engine. And so far, my experience with google is that it’s always on the first page of results. And again, it’s probably the case for most engines out there.

    Sure, I can come up with lots of examples where some search engines would be more useful than others. But those aren’t the sorts of things I search for. (Though, now that I think about it, they seem to be the sorts of things I saw in abundance in the search logs AOL released, so I guess it’s still pretty important)

  8. Nick says:


    As Gavin says, it seems to relate to the en-gb parameter in the query string. Gave me a chuckle.

  9. G says:

    I have to respectfully disagree with you on the location piece.  If I search for "bicycle san francisco" on both Google and live (looking for a bike shop in SF) I get a nice map and some location information on Google.  On Live, I get a list of text.  Although much of the same info is there (although the results themselves are better on Google), the display that Google gives me us much preferred.  As always, MSFT is just a few steps behind, copying the big guys.

  10. GoogleFc says:

    live interface has changed like google do.No wonder if IE7 try to follow Firefox as well Live and Google.

  11. Get real says:

    Walmart shows up alot more often than a Macys.  It doesnt mean it delivers a better product :). The only thing MSFT has done right in terms of search and the web, is their map service. Specifically the bird’s eye view, but even that is spotty. Leave it to google or yahoo to complete that project right.

    Live is a horrible search engine, make this blog at least somewhat objective.

  12. rationality says:

    "Live is a horrible search engine, make this blog at least somewhat objective "

    What an objective point of view !!!