Don't you wish there was a better way...



  • This popup pops up when you browse to google.com



  • Now if only they could start doing the same thing, but for people who enter urls in the search field.



  • What if I want to search for a URL?



  • To be fair: discoverability was shit on WP when I tried it a few years ago, I might just be what they've done to fix that.



  • @henke37 said:

    Now if only they could start doing the same thing, but for people who enter urls in the search field.

    @Zecc said:

    What if I want to search for a URL?

    You guys realize this is Microsoft trying to turn people away from Google's site right? I just checked: bing.com doesn't get the same treatment (wait, never mind, it doesn't come up for google now either—maybe there's a time delay or something).



  • Be hard not to discover the search button, though.



  • Yeah,but it might not be obvious that it searches on the Internet . When the phone is in the menu/homescreen it searches in the phone(locally), yes?


  • SockDev

    I think it searches both



  • They haven't had context-sensitive search since the early days of WP7.



  • That does explain why I remember it being like that. And also why they might need to inform their users. helping your users to a better ux experience is not per se a bad thing.( especially not if that moves them from Google to bing)



  • No repro on my Lumia 620. Changed default search provider from Google to Bing, entered google.com, searched something, no popup. Either I've disabled it and don't remember, or doesn't work with google.not-com.



  • Or Americans are 'special' 😁



  • @Buddy said:

    You guys realize this is Microsoft trying to turn people away from Google's site right?
    I didn't realize anything. I had no idea what the context of that screenshot was.



  • Mine doesn't do this either.

    I'm wondering if this is something that a phone company installed on the phone as a pack-in? Or maybe what happens if you have an old pre-Cortana version?



  • @Zecc said:

    @Buddy said:
    You guys realize this is Microsoft trying to turn people away from Google's site right?
    I didn't realize anything. I had no idea what the context of that screenshot was.

    You telling me you don't keep track of what type of phone each person on the internet has? Why even bother getting out of bed in the morning?

    @blakeyrat said:

    Mine doesn't do this either.

    I'm wondering if this is something that a phone company installed on the phone as a pack-in? Or maybe what happens if you have an old pre-Cortana version?

    It can't be the first one: it only happened on my 920 after updating to Denim. And it's not the second: the screenshot above was taken on a 640 (wp8 update 2). Maybe you and @gaska are the ones with outdated versions of the OS.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    wondering if this is something that a phone company installed on the phone as a pack-in

    I can't keep track of these fancy hipster notions. Is a pack-in more like an addon, a plugin, a snap-in, a bolt-on, a mix-in or foistware?


  • ♿

    Are pack-ins rankled?



  • I don't know, but I suspect they might be slipstreamed.



  • Wait. What. Can you change the search provider? On my WP8 when I search something in IE Cortana pops up and searches using Bing (or whatever). I can't see any option to do what you said... ?

    Uh... Googled a bit and apparently in some regions they removed that option. WTF!



  • I did get this on my Nokia Lumia 1520 the first few times after the Cyan update, for both Bing and Google, but it stopped after like the third or fourth.



  • @Zmaster said:

    Uh... Googled a bit and apparently in some regions they removed that option. WTF!

    Yeah, but even on the phones where it's available, it only changes searching through IE, but not searching through pressing physical search button, making it absolutely useless for me.


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