Ask X is a beta interface to Ask.com, known formerly as “Ask Jeeves”. Ask X contains similar information to the main Ask.com search page, but it presents a cleaner and more functional user interface. As with Google, one simply types the search query into the box, and Ask X returns a ranked series of results. The search also generates a list of suggested phrases to help you to expand or narrow your search.
So, is it a viable rival to Google? Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat