Google Brews A Cup of Instant Search

Sep 09, 2010

Search giant Google announced the latest addition to its search engine. Dubbed Google Instant, the feature constantly updates a live window of search results as the user types in a query, refining the results in real time as the user updates the contents of the search bar, without the need to launch a new search with each new term. Google Instant can also predict likely searches based on current input and allows users to scroll through predictions to see additional results.

According to Google, the primary benefit of the new feature is faster searches, with the company claiming Google Instant saves the average searcher two to five seconds per search. The new feature requires Firefox version 3.0 or newer, Internet Explorer 8, Safari 5, or Google Chrome 5 to function. It is being rolled out gradually and may not be immediately available to all users.