Google might still be the world’s most popular and most used search engine, but recent efforts made by Yahoo, now under the leadership of ex-Google engineer Marissa Mayer, could change the entire game. Yahoo is reportedly testing Windows 8-like features on its home page. One user, who claims to have tested the new feature, sent a couple of screenshots to AllThingsD showing a new design that somewhat resembles the tiled characteristics of Windows 8.


AllThingsD notes that the new design is meant to “encourage users to reach out and touch, scroll and swoosh.” The new home page even features side-swiping arrows that are aesthetically Windows 8-like and the icons are now more simplified as well. The are also fewer text links, more social and personalization facets, and no more advertising sections at the top. The source also told the publication that Yahoo’s plan will be to ”move from several 300 by 250-sized ad units to a single 300 by 600″ and that Yahoo is planning to launch the project, rumored to be called Project Homerun, within the next two months.

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