Perhaps spurred by the background of Bing, Google is investigating the change of the search page. The background of the Bing site does nothing to improve search, but we know how things like that impress immature minds.

Neowin has the story, and a way to check the beta page looks for yourself –

Rumors have been circulating that Google is preparing to update itssearch results and Gizmodo has uncovered images that show off the new look.

The new search interface appears to be tested on random people as the user who reported the image was never invited nor accepted a beta invitation from Google. The new interface brings it inline with Google Wave but still keeps the to traditional Google minimalism.

Don’t be surprised to see Google Wave, Chrome, Gmail, Maps and other Google applications to be integrated further into Google search as they attempt to blur the line between search and their other products.

Update: You can now test the new Google interface yourself (Thanks Gizmodo), go to http://google.com and enter this in the address bar then hit enter and refresh Google:

Remember to remove the space between Java and script:

java script:void(document.cookie=”PREF=ID=20b6e4c2f44943bb:U=4bf292d46faad806:

TM=1249677602:LM=1257919388:S=odm0Ys-53ZueXfZG;path=/; domain=.google.com”);

Now and then it is good to change, as long as you don’t lose any functionality.

I’ve been to few places that are asking people to boycott Bing because of the Microsoft – Murdoch deal approaching; not a bad idea.

On the other hand, you could simply boycott Bing because you a] have more integrity than to be bought off by cash back schemes, or b] want to show that your mind is more developed and you know that Google search provides better results, or lastly, c] want to show that you are not swayed by pretty backgrounds.

Any of those reasons will do.

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