The name Tafiti comes from the Swahili word meaning to "do research". The Tafiti search engine was a project driven by the Platform Incubation team in Microsoft as an effort to promote next generation search concepts and technologies such as Silverlight and the Live Search API.
Tafiti incorporated visuals with common web searches. Searches are presented, through a graphic interface, with results appearing in a central column. Via a carousel on the left hand side, users can select the type of media to search in; websites, news feeds, books or images. Results can be dragged and saved on a "shelf" on the right hand side. These results can then be e-mailed or added to a blog.
Tafiti also offered a "tree view," with search results displayed as branches.
On the Tafiti website, Microsoft said the service is designed to "Help people use the web for research projects that span multiple search queries and sessions by helping visualize, store, and share research results." The service is intended to "explore the intersection of richer experiences on the web and the increasing specialization of search."
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- IT Week Labs, Microsoft’s Tafiti looks interesting but immature. Retrieved on August 23, 2007.