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Yahoo Search Interface gets rehaul

Yahoo (opens in new tab) has introduced Search Assist in a bid to beef up its search functionality.

As you type, it automatically offers search terms and phrases in real time, offering you the option to search in UK or worldwide.

Yahoo points (opens in new tab) out to research that people have to make up to four searches before finding that they want.

Google has been offering this feature in its Labs (opens in new tab),Google Suggest, since December 2004 while also showing how many results each suggestion would offer and also offers (opens in new tab) a left-hand search navigation option.

Firefox, the Internet Browser, also has this feature built-in and enabled by default (next to the URL field).

At the same time, Yahoo has started to integrate multimedia content in its search results which should, in theory, make your results more interesting. and Microsoft's Live Search have already integrated this functionality before.

Putting results altogether on one page and customise it according to your profile will make your results page look more and more like a last-century's Portal page.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.