MSN Plays the Beta Game

If you want to compete in the search world, you have to be cool and experimental. First, there was Google Labs. Then, Yahoo! Research Labs. And now, there’s MSN Sandbox.

The only MSN beta apps I’ve played with are TerraServer (very cool), and Start.com. Start.com is a portal app, very similar to Google Homepage, but actually, in my opinion, a little better (if you happen to use IE). It gives you very quick and easy access to recent searches and customized RSS feeds with some nice JavaScript magic. If it worked decently in Firefox, I might actually use it, but I guess Microsoft doesn’t do a lot of QA outside the Windows world.