Google, the Default Search Engine for Firefox, Opera and Safari, Complains that MSN is the Default Search Engine for IE7

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Despite being the default search engine for the increasingly popular Firefox web browser, as well as Opera, and Safari, which is the default browser of the Mac community, Google is complaining – loudly – about Microsoft making the new Microsoft search engine, MSN Search, the default search engine for Internet Explorer 7 (IE7).

So, it’s ok for Google to be the default search engine in several popular browsers, but not ok for Microsoft to make their own search engine the default in their own product?


Get over it. Did you go from being the “do no evil” company to being the “do no thinking” company?

And by all accounts, Google isn’t just complaining to the industry – they have actually gone to the Justice Department and the European Commission with their complaint!

That’s just…wrong.

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While it seemed over the top for Verizon Senior VP John Thorne to say of Google that their desire to continue to access consumers over Verizon’s cables for free demonstrated that Google had drunk “spiked Kool-aid,” one does have to wonder what is in the Google water supply.

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6 thoughts on “Google, the Default Search Engine for Firefox, Opera and Safari, Complains that MSN is the Default Search Engine for IE7

  1. The reason why Google is upset is this: Microsoft already owns 80% of the desktops in the world, they also provide IE which comes with Windows and is the default browser. If they make Bing the default search engine on their browser, then they are unfairly using their dominant PC & Web Browser market positions to keep competitors, such as Google, Cuil, Lycos,etc. from gaining any kind of foothold on Microsoft desktops. This is called being anti-competitive. As we all know in America, anti-competitive practices are illegal. Why? Because lack of competition leads to commercial stagnancy instead of innovation. It also leads to price-fixing among other things. This is how MS has operated their business from the start, and there have been many lawsuits over the years accusing them of unfair business practices. This isn’t the first time. That’s why Google is upset. It’s not a question of who has the better product these days, it’s about who has the ability to roadblock their competitors.

  2. I would like to make Bing the default Safari search engine for my installation of Safari. Anyone know ho to do this (for both PC and Mac versions of Safari)?

  3. Help. I’ve gone back to IE6 but it’s made MSN my default search engine now instead of Google. I want Google but can’t change it! How can I please?

  4. There is somthing wrong with safari .. it’s not opening the messenger thing of gmail ….not at all showing the list of online people .. what kind of problem is this ..

  5. I imagine they’re pissed because IE has about 90% of the market share still. But really, what do they expect? Of course MS is going to make MSN search the default in their browser. Now, if they were making it the only option, which is a MS-like move, that might warrant complaint.

  6. I really don’t understand why Google is pissing and moaning. They’re already the default in *all* the other major browsers.

    I think Google’s services are the best out there but they cannot have it all. If Google had their own browsers you can bet your last dollar that their search engine would be the default. Why cannot Mircosoft do the same?

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