Microsoft’s Steve Berkowitz on Search, and Catching Google
I was surprised to find a pretty candid Berkowitz speaking about the direction he wants to take the online services unit. He admits that the going is slow and that some mistakes have been made:
“A lot of decisions were driven by technology; they were not driven by the consumer,” he said. “It isn’t always the best technology that wins. It is the best experience.”
While that sounds nice, currently Google delivers the best search experience because they have the best technology.
Danny Sullivan had more to say:
So far, all this work has not impressed either consumers or search experts. Danny Sullivan, a longtime search expert who writes the blog SearchEngineLand, said that in relevancy of results, Microsoft ranks behind Google, Yahoo and Ask, in that order, although the gap has narrowed some.
“They have gone from a laughable search engine to a credible search engine,” Mr. Sullivan said. “It is not embarrassing anymore, but they are still a little behind.”
Nice to see that Danny’s name connected to SearchEngineLand in the N.Y. Times.
But the most refreshing bit? Berkowitz admits that what Google does best is get the basics right. But then he starts talking about the importance of how SERPs are displayed. Wake up Berkowitz, it’s not about how the SERPS are displayed, it’s the relevancy of the results.
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