How to Make Google Your Default Search Provider in Internet Explorer 7, Beta 2Add Comment
Google is complaining to the Department of Justice and the EU that Microsoft’s forthcoming Internet Explorer 7 improperly encourages users to use MSN Search instead of a search engine of the user’s choice. Google claims “research it has sponsored shows that it’s difficult to change the settings in the new browser to a rival search engine.”
I decided to do a little research of my own to see how “difficult” it is. Please watch this video:
[Sorry about using WMV. I hate it too.]
As you can see, it is a very simple 10-second process that most people could figure out without much effort.
I dislike IE and never use it, I think that the Google Homepage is a work of art and that it is a great search engine, but it seems to me they are reaching a bit on this one. If it were me, I guess what I would ask is that Microsoft document how to create whatever kind of file it is that lets the toolbar’s search feature use a given provider. They may have already done this — I’m not sure.Update: Not only have they already done that, but the little plug-in or whatever you call it uses A9’s OpenSearch format.