Tafiti – Live Search With Microsoft Silverlight

August 21st, 2007


Microsoft has launched an experimental demonstration site Tafiti that combines Live Search with Microsoft Silverlight. The demonstration is to show the strength of Windows Live Suite (especially Live Search) and Microsoft Silverlight (latest release to counter Adobe Flash)

Tafiti uses MS Silverlight 1.0 RC and AJAX to provide rich, cross-platform user experiences and leverages the following Microsoft services on the backend:

  1. Live Search for Web, Books, Blogs, News, and Images
  2. Live ID
  3. Live Spaces
What Microsoft means by Tafiti?
, which means “do research” in Swahili, is an experimental search front-end from Microsoft, designed to help people use the Web for research projects that span multiple search queries and sessions by helping visualize, store, and share research results. Tafiti uses both Microsoft Silverlight and Live Search to explore the intersection of richer experiences on the Web and the increasing specialization of search.

Search results are presented in the central column, with the right hand “shelf” available to save result you are interested in via drag and drop. The left hand side allows you to cycle through the search results you wish to view (Web, Images, News, RSS etc) and these too can be saved if you wish. The results you have favourited can then be shared via Windows Live Spaces.


More information can be found on the video of Tafiti Functionality Walkthrough


Screenshots of Tafiti

Web Search

Image Search

News Search

Tree View

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  1. Those interested in another search mashup and visualization tool may want to visit http://www.searchcrystal.com, which lets you search and visually compare multiple engines in one place. You can remix and share results from web, image, video, blog, tagging, news engines as well as Flickr images or RSS feeds.


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