bing.com is the new search engine of microsoft. It could be great with the amount of smart people at Microsoft and the amount of money thrown at it. The search results are what you expect from any decent engine (a search for wnas puts me on top). But what got me baffled is the markup of the page, which comes in at a hefty 26,708 bytes. And that for a page which has one input field and some links... Me as a front end developer, I'm baffled by that size and kinda insulted. I have to wait longer because they used front page or what ever, no way, not in 2009 I don't.
1999 called and it want's it's markup back, guys.
So the css alone is 7,722 bytes.
It seems that were getting there, no. No way, the html is very much too much and can be optimised to I think half of it's current size.
That size being 5,524 bytes for HTML alone.
I think that the front end of this page was build by a .net developer, who thinks everybody got a broad band connection. Maybe that is the case, but I know that my patience is less now than it was when I had a 14k4 modem. If I have to wait, even for a few seconds, it's not my fault and the chance that I navigate away from that page would be greater now than it was back in the 14k4 days.
So Microsoft, please clean up your act and hire a decent front end developer. Maybe you could look at this awesome presentation from Nicole Sullivan at yahoo. It shows you how much speed matters.