But aren't the results going to be branded as A9 results? That was the impression I got. And even if "Powered by MSN Search" is displayed above the A9 search results, how many users are going to notice or care?
I just don't think this is an earth-shattering announcement. It certainly isn't as newsworthy as Yahoo's defection from Google was (and let's face it: Google's market share has increased, not decreased, since Yahoo went its own way).
No, I don't work for Google, and I don't know anyone at Google. I do think it's a mistake to let resentment and other emotions get in the way of rational thought. (When my own Google referrals dropped by 70-90% for two months last year, I didn't let the overnight loss of traffic and revenue color my judgment--just as I'm not letting my current sometimes adequate, sometimes good, and sometimes excellent rankings in Google color my judgment now.)
BTW, I think the current rage for Google-bashing is simply a reflection of human nature: When you're on top, everyone wants to knock you off your perch. I'm sure that, a few years ago, a lot of the people who praise Microsoft on these forums now were ranting about Bill Gates and his attempts to take over the world. Who knows--one of these days, we may even see WW members saying positive things about AOL. :-)