Software: February 2011 Archives

 

February 5, 2011

I recently installed a brand-new Windows 7 machine (no fear, readers, it was in a VM for extra safety...) and captured the following screen shots. On the left is the screen you see when Chrome starts up, asking you which search engine you want to use. On the right is IE's search engine selection screen:

This contrast is sort of revealing. First, Chrome offers you choices up front. By contrast, IE just assumes you want to use Bing; to access this menu you need to pull down a dialog next to the search box, which isn't exactly obvious. Second, Chrome features Google's main competitors: Yahoo and Bing (anyone know if it offers Baidu in China?), whereas Bing seems to think you're more likely to want New York Times visual search than Google. If you look at the scroll bar, you'll see that I had to scroll down to even reveal Google. Outstanding!