Microsoft has launched an experimental search front-end site named 'Tafiti.com'. This new search site uses Silverlight 1.0 to display Windows Live search results, along with Live Search to explore the intersection of richer experiences on the Web and the increasing specialization of search. It gives a search experience that is unlike other interfaces that are currently available on the Web, and the graphics on the home page have a similar look and feel to that of the GUI of Windows Vista.
The word 'Tafiti' means "do research" in Swahili language. Microsoft designed this site to help people use the Web for research projects that can span multiple search queries and sessions at a time, by helping visualize, store, and share research results. The result page at Tafiti.com has a box for entering a search topic on the left hand side of the screen. On the right side of the page, there is a notepad-like application that is known as Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“shelf,Ă˘â‚¬Âť with thumbnail-sized screenshots, that mostly looks like Web pages.
It is always good to see companies experimenting with a user interface.