An instant preview feature for websites as part of Google
Reports around the Internet indicate that Google is playing with an idea to expand its recently Instant Search feature with a preview of websites as soon as you hover over their links. This morning, we noticed a wave of tweets that pointed to those previews, but it seems that -- just like Instant Search -- it is a playground feature at this time that has been made available to a very limited number of users.
According to Google, there are up to 200 experiments running on Google's search engine at any given time, not all users may be exposed to it, and those feature may never be rolled out as a general feature. However, search previews appear to be a reasonable expansion of the Instant Search idea, which may be very useful for users, but may have yet another impact on content providers as well as Adwords advertisers.
There was no information from Google about Search Previews, but common sense suggests that we will be seeing the service within a few weeks as part of Google search. In fact, there may be much more innovation in search technology left than we can imagine at this point, as we are noticing that especially Microsoft
We also expect the integration of cloud services to make their way into our lives more and more. Google recently added a cloud printing option in its Chrome 7 nightly builds, which would allow a computer connected to a Google account to print across the web to a certain printer that is connected -- via a computer -- to the same account.
The feature is currently a labs option, but -- similar to the remoting host feature -- not functional yet. We have recently noticed subtle speed improvements in Google's V8 benchmarks as well as Sunspider and will provide a comprehensive benchmark update with our CT Mark next Monday.
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