Google vs. Microsoft ….the drama begins!

May 2, 2006

The blogosphere is on fire [link to memorandum] after the nytimes story about google compaining to DOJ about a search feature in IE 7 broke. IE 7 has a search box and Microsoft has decided to make MSN search the default (big surprise here!) and google is up in arms about it saying MS is blocking a users right to choose!

I find this really amusing…first off msn.com has always been the default homepage for IE for a long time now and obviously that didn’t stop people from changing that to google.com, did it? I use IE 7 and I love it and I was easily able to change the default search to google. Don Dodge makes an even better point and has an excellent response up:

Of course the defaults are easy to change…but that doesn’t matter. And of course the FireFox, Safari, and Opera browsers come with Google set as the default search service…but that doesn’t matter either.

Talking about a right to choose, like Don says not too much choice on Firefox huh? The times article brought one more very interesting point – When AOL was really close to cutting a deal with MSN and moving its 30+ million users over, Google stepped in and bought 5% of AOL to ensure that it gets the traffic from AOL members. I don’t see anything wrong with that, but neither do I see anything wrong with what MS is doing.

I guess it was all fun and games as long as google saw no imminent threat from Redmond, but Gates and Ballmer know how to play hardball and now its on! There is always talk about how google is winning and MS is loosing, I never understood that considering that MS was never in the search/online ad business untill it decided to take google head on. And lets not forget search is the only revenue stream for google and MS is slowing eating into it, MS is by no means loosing – rather gaining on google’s turf! Windows and Office are the big cash cows and totally unaffected [right now] by google.

Update: But wait….maybe MS is not all that evil [LOL]– according to the IE 7 blog the new browser will set its default based on your IE 6 settings!! So if google was your default search provider in IE 6 that will remain in IE 7! But ofcourse this wont be the case for new machines being sold at bestbuy or dell. Here is a link to the IE 7 blog.

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