Techlicious: A New Visual Way to Search

new visual way to search

By Christina DesMarais for Techlicious

A New Visual Way to Search

Regardless of which browser you use—whether it’s Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or another—you can usually initiate an Internet search right inside the address bar. That’s because several years ago Google merged the address bar and the search bar in Chrome and called it an “omnibox.” If you needed to look something up you didn’t have to visit, you could input your query in the same place you’d type a specific web page address.

Now most of the popular browsers let you search from the address bar, or if you prefer, from the search bar located to the right of the address bar.

Depending on which browser you use and how it’s configured, you could be using one of many search engines to perform your search—Google, Bing and Yahoo Search being the three most popular. Whichever one you use, though, your search results show up in largely the same format—as a list of links with a short word description underneath.

But now there’s an interesting new option.

Calling it a “search browser,” Yahoo recently released a browser plug-in and iPhone and iPad app called Axis that gives you a new and visual way to perform Internet searches.

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