IE Search Default Irks Google

By Deane Barker on May 1, 2006

Google complains about Microsoft search engine: This argument is a tough sell.

The New York Times reports that Microsoft’s new Internet browser includes a search box in the upper-right corner that is typically set up to send users to Microsoft’s MSN search service. Google contends that this puts Microsoft in a position to unfairly grab Web traffic and advertising dollars from its competitors.

I know that Microsoft has an advantage with their desktop near-monopoly, but there have to be defaults, and I don’t think making that default the site of the company that made the OS is that out of line.

If Google wants all the benefits of producing an OS, then they need to produce an OS. Goobuntu, anyone?

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  1. They seem to forget Firefox has a default for Google. Could it be that Google is starting to see some compitetion? I still use google for all searchers but I remember back in the beginning, what made them the best, and today their results just aren’t as relevant.

  2. Thought that it was for a similar reason that they were in trouble and add some problem with anti-trust legislation. And for Firefox: it doesn’t have 90% market share yet, it’s a 100% different company (google is not using a monopolistic product for self promoting another of there product) and you can easily switch to yahoo …

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