Google revamped its market-leading search engine this week, rolling out a new set of features that the company says will make "it easier than ever to find exactly what you're looking for." The main addition is a new navigation bar down the left side of the screen that—in the view of many commentators—bears a striking resemblance to a similar feature on Microsoft's competing search engine, Bing. "Look, I know," says Andy Beal in Market Pilgrim. Google's not copying Bing—it's been working on this interface for a long time. "But, that’s not the story I’d be telling the media, if I were Bing." The change is certainly "puzzling," says Jared Newman in PC World. "Even Microsoft has admitted that people often ignore" its "nav bar" feature. If Google's smart, it'll "let users revert back to what wasn't broken and didn't need fixing." Watch a video about Google's new features:
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Syrian women know how to defeat ISIS
- The U.S. Marines are developing laser weapons. Here's why.
- The one thing the New Atheists get right about religion
- 3 horrific inaccuracies in Homeland's depiction of Islamabad
- 10 things you need to know today: October 21, 2014
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- Gamergate has backfired spectacularly on its nincompoop perpetrators
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Why the Supreme Court is allowing Texas to hold an unconstitutional election
- Paul Krugman, Amazon, and the left's backwards view of book-industry titans
Subscribe to the Week