Google Markets Search Box Switch to IE7 Users

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We know Google is angry about Microsoft’s implementation of the search box in IE7, going so far as to accuse it of anti-competitive practices (Microsoft? anti-competitive?). And we know Google has been promoting Firefox on its front page. But until I downloaded IE7 today I didn’t know about the technological way Google is fighting back. If your browser is IE7 and you go to Google.com, a little window appears just below the browser searchbox. “Make Google your Search Engine in Internet Explorer,” it implores. And one click does the job.

Interesting tactic. Nice workaround for those users who Google believes aren’t able to figure out how to change the default search engine in the box. (It defaults to MSN Search, of course.)

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