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May 1, 2006 at 1:50 PM

Preemptive defense?

Did the Internet Explorer team anticipate that today’s New York Times story would play up Google’s concerns about search provider placement in IE7?

In a Friday blog posting, presumably after he was interviewed for the story, team leader Dean Hachamovitch reiterated how easy it is to switch search engines in IE7. He also pointed out that when you install the browser, it looks for your chosen search provider and sets it as the “default” search service.

The search preference feature worked when I installed the browser awhile back — the browser’s search pane automatically set Google as the default, but it can be switched to MSN Search or another provider by using the drop-down menu.

The story raises an interesting question: Is Google getting nailed by Microsoft, or is it getting nervous about the competition?

Readers of the Explorer team blog (the team and …?) seem pretty worked up by the story, judging from comments today on the posting. Either that, or disgraced former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair is really into browser default settings.

Comments | Topics: Google, Microsoft

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