Thursday, September 20, 2007

Microsoft's Vista Search Concessions

By now, Microsoft's giving in to Google's desktop search demands are old news.  But I personally hadn't seen any technical details on how all this works - until now.

This knowledge base article spells it out for us.  They're just changing all the entry points (like the search box on the start menu) to use a new "search:" protocol instead of the current "search-ms:" protocol.  Then they will let you choose which program is associated with the "search:" protocol.

Since Microsoft's search works just fine, I can't imagine an end user wanting to do this.  But you can bet Google will make deals with companies like Dell so that some people will end up buying machines with this set up already.  My fearless prediction?  This will create support headaches and pointless confusion, and everyone will blame Microsoft.


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