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Google Is Whining Yet Again

You have to love it, when you stumble upon pages like this one at The New York Times.  I just have to weigh in my $0.02.

First off Google, it is undisputed that you own the search engine arena.  No one comes close.  So why in the world are you whining that MSIE 7 will be using MSN as it's default search engine?  You have a problem with a company using their own software inside of their own browser??  Maybe I missed something here.  Don't you already have Google as the default browser in both Opera and Firefox, the two largest threats against MSIE?  Okay, that is what I thought.

The only issue that I can see raised here is if Microsoft does not provide other search engines in the list, such as Google and Yahoo, giving users more choices.  But then again, they don't have to.  And I don't see MSN in the default Firefox list.  However, maybe if you paid for the top spot, as you did for Firefox and Opera, you might just get it.

I guess I just see this whole issue as Coca-Cola bottling Pepsi alogside it, just because it is fair, and gives the better choices.  Please.

{ 2 } Comments

  1. Joey Day using Firefox 1.5.0.3 on Windows XP | May 2, 2006 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    I just installed IE7 so I feel qualified to weigh in on this discussion. I do agree with you that Google is just whining.

    IE7 uses a new thing they call OpenSearch that allows the user to download little search modules for just about any search engine on the planet. It's a near-exact clone of the MyCroft system used in Firefox and other browsers. The funniest thing is Mozilla has already announced support for OpenSearch in the upcoming Firefox 2, and Firefox 2 will probably beat IE7 to production.

    Anyway, the first thing I did when I installed IE7 was go find the OpenSearch module for Google. It took me about twenty seconds, tops. So that's why I agree Google is whining unnecessarily here. Microsoft certainly isn't pushing Google out of the search business. Quite far from it, in fact. Microsoft has tried to make it as easy as possible to switch search engines (short of including Google among the default choices).

  2. Matthew Kimber using Firefox 1.5 on Windows XP | May 15, 2006 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I think Google is mostly worried about those users who don't have the ability/knowledge to change out the search engine. You know, like our parents and our grandparents. I would say that 80% of the people in my workplace use the default homepage (msn.com) as well as the associated search engine. It's sick I know, but they don't know any better.

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