Microsoft Takes Shots at Google Goof

By : Subscribe to Carl's | June 14, 2010 11:12 PM IST

Microsoft took a potshot at Google's bid to spice-up its search page by adding a feature to add background images.

Microsoft's European twitter account aired a statement mocking Google's attempt on June 10 saying "We've lost our background image, if found please return to ;)" Bing has had the background feature since its inception.

On June 9, Google announced a new feature that allowed viewers to customize its search page by downloading special collections it offered or with images from one's own computer or Picasa web album.

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The next day Google's home page displayed the layout and posted a link explaining the feature. But due to a bug the explanatory link did not appear, which prompted many to believe that the homepage had permanently changed. Google was forced to pull the feature, said a post on Google's official blog.

The attempt to add background to its rather austere looking search page is part of its strategy to overhaul its search page. The company has also been working to improve search speeds, as with the recent launch of a search indexing system called Caffeine.

However, for Microsoft it was a brief moment of glory as Peter Bale, Executive Producer of MSN UK, said, "How intriguing to see friends at Google borrowing the Bing homepage #photography idea."

The background changing feature was restored, but it is no longer the default.

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