Google grows up

by on May 1, 2006 · 12 comments

Google, who less than a year a go didn’t have an office in D.C., seems to have picked up the ways of Washington pretty quickly. The New York Times reports today that Google has gone to Justice Department and EU antitrust authorities to complain that the search box in Microsoft’s new Internet Explorer 7 browser uses MSN as the default search engine.

Google has informed the European antitrust authorities of its worry that “Microsoft’s approach to setting search defaults in Internet Explorer 7 benefits Microsoft while taking away choice from users,” said Steve Langdon, a spokesman for Google. … “We have spoken to the Justice Department generally about our business and the importance of preserving competition in the search market,” Mr. Langdon said.

Wow. This is deja vu all over again. According to Microsoft, it is simple to change the default search engine if you want to. Also, last time I checked, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and the AOL browser all have Google as the default–and Google paid cash to the latter two for the privilege.

  • http://www.blindmindseye.com MikeT

    I don’t think it was AOL. Firefox and Opera have been getting a lot of money from Google for a while now. Firefox’s revenues were apparently so high that they generated quite a bit of controversy from its userbase for a while.

  • http://www.jerrybrito.com Jerry Brito

    Actually, Google invested $1 billion in AOL and in return got to stay as its default search engine. Opera used to cost $39, but Google struck a deal with them that made the browser free and put Google in the search box. The Mozilla Foundation apparently gets about $30 million a year from Google ad revenue, and I would be surprised if Apple didn’t get a slice, too.

  • http://www.blindmindseye.com MikeT

    I don’t think it was AOL. Firefox and Opera have been getting a lot of money from Google for a while now. Firefox’s revenues were apparently so high that they generated quite a bit of controversy from its userbase for a while.

  • http://jerrybrito.com Jerry Brito

    Actually, Google invested $1 billion in AOL and in return got to stay as its default search engine. Opera used to cost $39, but Google struck a deal with them that made the browser free and put Google in the search box. The Mozilla Foundation apparently gets about $30 million a year from Google ad revenue, and I would be surprised if Apple didn’t get a slice, too.

  • Ken Arromdee

    Microsoft is using its monopoly over operating systems to extend its monopoly into other areas. Google is not; Google cannot say “if you don’t make Google the default search engine in Firefox, we won’t let you ______.”

  • Ken Arromdee

    Microsoft is using its monopoly over operating systems to extend its monopoly into other areas. Google is not; Google cannot say “if you don’t make Google the default search engine in Firefox, we won’t let you ______.”

  • http://www.jerrybrito.com Jerry Brito

    We won’t let you what? From what I read in the article I linked to above end users and computer manufacturers will be able to set the IE7 default to whatever they want.

  • http://jerrybrito.com Jerry Brito

    We won’t let you what? From what I read in the article I linked to above end users and computer manufacturers will be able to set the IE7 default to whatever they want.

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