Google doesn't like IE7's search pane... hypocrites.
More precisely, Google doesn't like that MSN is set as the default search engine when IE7 is installed.
The IE Team discusses Search
Poor Google. The heart bleeds (not).
Granted, it must hurt that Google has lost Amazon Search to MSN, but let's get real here and have a look at some facts.
- Firefox, Safari and Opera all have Google set as the default search engine. How is this different to the IE7 search pane? Actually, the IE7 pane is fairer. How so? Read on.
- The IE7 Search Pane, if it detects that IE6's autosearch default is an engine that is available to the IE7 Search Pane will keep that search engine as the default for the search pane (yes, including Google). Do Firefox, Safari or Opera do that? Not as far as I know.
- IE7 offers Google Search as one of the standard search engines available in the Search Pane - no further installations required. Firefox, Safari and Opera do not offer MSN Search as one of their standard search engines.
Google say *now* that they would not object to Firefox or Opera prompting the user to choose a default search engine, but there is only one problem with their very "magnaminous" offer. As I pointed out above MSN is not offered as a standard search option in Firefox, Opera or Safari (a critical point that none of the blogs I have read have spotted yet). Google may run a risk that they may no longer be the default search engine by making this offer, but they know darned well that MSN will not be either. Good one guys.
C'mon Google... put your money where your mouth is and get all those other Web browsers that set Google as the default search engine to also offer MSN Search. Get all those other Web browsers to set *their* search panes to something other than Google if that is the default chosen elsewhere. Oh, and while you're at it, give us the choice to set MSN Search as our default home page when Firefox is installed, and make sure that the MSN Toolbar is offered with Sun Java as well as the Google Toolbar (the same goes with any other application that bundles your toolbar) ... and let's see a "Get IE" logo right next to the "Get Firefox" logo on sites that push your toolbar.
I tell you this, if Google was set as default search engine in IE7, Google would not be offering to change things now .. the status quo with Firefox and Opera would continue.
The bigger Google gets, the less "good guy" they are becoming. Google apparently already have 49% of the search market, followed by Yahoo with 22% and MSN with 11%. Yet that is not enough - they still want MS to do as Google says, not as Google does.