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Microsoft obviously uses its power to get people that are actually looking for Google to MSN search!
If I type in Google, result is a MSN Popup saying in german:
"Why search a search engine if you've found one?",
with input box for MSN search.
Below the popup ist MSN results page. Listing as follows:
Positions 1 and 2 are "ausgewählte Websites" = choosen websites (MSN partner program, payed links, obscurely elected "favoured" websites, aso.)
Positions down from 3 are "Webverzeichnissites" = web directory (or index) sites.
Interesting, too, is the description given with google.watch
Alle lieben Google! Wirklich alle? Diese Organisation setzt sich kritisch mit Datenschutzaspekten verschiedener Features der Suchmaschine auseinander. Engl.
In english - raw translation: All love Google. Really all? This organisation is critical about data protection aspects of some features in Google.
IMHO, this strategy of MSN is very annoying ...
A lot of users don't even know that they are able to change their browser's settings ...
<added>The URL is:
Reminds me of this one Information Minister I used to see on tv all the time. I miss that guy.
From the UK, when I type "google" into the
address bar of IE6, I am immediately looking at
[google.com...] . Not a glimpse of MSN.
If I type in MSIE (Germany, default browser settings):
I get no popup window, just MSN results, showing teoma.com at #1
This proves they target Google, I guess.
Popup with MSN search and question
"Why search a search engine if you've found one?"
comes up by typing:
Again Germany, MSIE 6, default settings.
How MSN Germany rates SE's
I did a search for
at MSN Germany search.
Results 1 - 15 out of 18,414:
#1 Sponsored Site: aconon.de - some SE related software
Results from 2 down are web index sites:
#2 - 3: german sites about search engine technologies, hints aso.
#5 - 8 german sites related to SE themes
#13 web.de - german SE
#14 a german meta SE
If you search for the singular
then Google is at #17.
Doesn't correlate to german SE traffic:
Who made that mistake helping Mr. G$t$s with that dirty operating system years ago?
Any comments GG?
Why wouldn't google try develop a browser of their own
I like that idea... I really do :) It could redefine the whole internet to have google not as a tool, but as the way the net works... i can see very very great potential here :) And add some new features, such as google interaction with websites or the like...
From Australia, I end up at [search.yahoo.com...] after briefly going via MSN.
I revisited Msg#22 and saw that for some reason my default search was set to Yahoo. I changed it to MSN and I did not get the behaviour reported in Sweden and the German speaking countries.
I believe that one can force the search to point to Google but it could be a registry change. Seems to come up now and then in newsgroups.
And the winner is: msn :(
Little else to report from the Netherlands. No popups, not even a sponsored listing in the SERPS.
It's not IP-based, I get a popup and an MSN Suche sponsored listing when using MSN.de. Btw: they do present search results and Google is listed before MSN.
But: no Google as a search option in IE or Windows (2000 Pro), just MSN and Ilse.