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Update: A few things are a constant in life – taxes, death, broken hearts and of course Microsoft waking from some kinda slumber, finding an upstart to hate and then crushing them. The IE7 drama that is currently being played out today should be dubbed The […]

Update: A few things are a constant in life – taxes, death, broken hearts and of course Microsoft waking from some kinda slumber, finding an upstart to hate and then crushing them. The IE7 drama that is currently being played out today should be dubbed The Return of The Beast.

This default thing works well for Microsoft – they did it once before, got into trouble with Justice Department, played humble for a while, and well, they are back for an encore. Not that it easy to find compassion for Google these days. At least not amongst those who are extremely jealous of its money making abilities. Google is complaining that Microsoft is using its market domination and defaulting to Microsoft’s in house search engine. Hello Reality! (I edited out the whole bit about switching search engines and all that – perhaps a different post!)

Meanwhile…. you know, what they say market predicts the future…. Take a look at these two charts of Microsoft stock from 1996 and 2006. In December 1995 Bill Gates wrote the now famous Internet-or-nothing memo, and rest is history. Similarly late last year Microsofties got a Web 2.0 or nothing memo. History in the making?

  1. In reality that is possible if you really know the browser innards, as outlined here.

    Did you read Niall’s post before saying that? It didn’t seem any more difficult to switch your default search engine in IE than it is in Firefox. There’s even a post at http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=1321 that counts the number of clicks complete with screenshots that shows they are equivalent.

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  2. I didn’t think firefox default search engine change is that easy – can my mom or my sister do that? nope they can’t. both browsers are equally guilty in that sense.

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  3. Good article. Interesting stuff happening!

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  4. Microsoft has the most precious real estate, afterall. Has Google been through a Microsoft browser change yet?

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  5. I think MS should have to separate their browser from their OS. It’s not fair.

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  6. Google is doing all it can to be the next big hated thing. and it is kinda funny that it has picked Microsoft to whine on this time

    Wonder how many other companies would choose Google to whine about … talk about one potential (alomost) monopoly cribbing about another existing monopoly (almost)

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  7. “It didn’t seem any more difficult to switch your default search engine in IE than it is in Firefox.”

    What utter nonsense. Why doesn’t Microsoft ship Windows with Firefox as the default browser then?

    Don’t prentend to not understand the notion of “default” for the fat part of the Bell curve.

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  8. I’m not sure what the heck Google expects, government regulation of user interfaces? That’s pretty scary.

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  9. Om, if your argument is valid (the one in the comments :) ) – MS can’t afford to give moms and sisters too many dialog boxes when they boot up a new computer for the first time.

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  10. “I’m not sure what the heck Google expects, government regulation of user interfaces?”

    Familiar with these: “bundling” and “monopoly abuse”?

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