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The engine will be a modified version of what Copernic [copernic.com] offers to customers since quite a while.
It will be quite interresting to see how a big ISP (marketshare about 65% in Germany) rolls out this new product and how G, Y! and MSN can compete as the T-Online version will probably be in german.
As far as I remember, the traffic from search on T-online is nearly non-existant, so maybe this will lift "search" a bit?
Funny, however, that they use Copernic, when the default web search is Google?
*vast majority of users do not know the difference
thanks to the bigger penetration of DSL and Routers I think the number is lower, probably 40-60%
As noted above this is an approximate figure based on the following to illustrate my point.
Only 28% of T-Online's domestic subscriber base are on DSL (source: Ovum's EuroView 2004) Dialup subscribers need to use T-online software to access the net.
Unless users use third party software such as PPP over Ethernet Protocol or third party routers then without the additional software and technical PPPOEP/networking skills then T-Online's subscribers are stuck with T-Online software.
Nevertheless you can use T-Online via analog/ISDN without the T-Online software according to their help [www2.service.t-online.de].