We've recently made some changes to our global search product to
allow users to discover games more easily. Our current search product is tabbed
by content vertical, so users can search for something within Music or Video.
We have now added a Games tab to search, so users can more easily find the
games they're looking for. We have also included an auto-complete feature that
suggests content for users, further making it easy to find the content you
want. We hope that the new Games search
contributes to more of our users discovering fun, new games.
Several months ago we evaluated our internal search product and
realized that if we were going to deliver a better search experience, it was
necessary to revamp how we implemented search, end to end - creating an
extensible platform for ingesting search data (in this case, information about
each game), all the way to a brand new, fast, consistent, modern, user experience
supporting both .NET and non-.NET platforms.
During the process we even switched from .NET to Java! Our first step on this long "search in a box"
journey is complete, and it's a big milestone for us and for Games. We're
looking forward to making even more enhancements to the search experience,
improving the visibility and discoverability of great content.
Note the difference!
New search experience for ‘mobsters'
search experience for ‘mobsters'
- Bill Bliss, VP & GM of Search and Recommendations