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Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005, 7:15 am

Imitation at Microsoft

Following a recent item on imitation at Microsoft and in relation to what has become a trend, surfers spotted a stunning resemblance between an MSN search test-bed ( and Google’s popular personalised pages. The test-bed is supposedly maintained by interns, but it projects badly on claims for innovative thinking over in Washington. To persuade yourself that the pages are inseparable, have a look at the screenshots below and click to enlarge.

Google portal

Google’s personalised portal on the left and Microsoft’s clone on the right; click images to view them in full size

3 Responses to “Imitation at Microsoft”

  1. Duncan Says:

    I agree that a lot of is copied from Google but, as much as it pains me to say it, I actually prefer the Microsoft version.

    I know that the whole point is that it is customisible but I think that “Quote of the Day” is a pretty silly default.

  2. Roy Schestowitz Says:

    Would you believe that Word of the Day makes one of the most popular feeds on the Web? Different strokes to different folks… but not to computer scientists, I guess.

  3. Rajiv Makhijani Says:

    Just for your information, came out before Google’s personalized page. If anything Google copied it.

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