# Tuesday, December 14, 2004

So MSN desktop search released a beta yesterday.  I haven’t installed it, and I’m probably not going to.  James Avery sums it up best:

MSN integrates with explorer, Google integrates with whatever web browser I am using. This means MSN has some cool GUI stuff and you can click on a file and it will launch, but does not work with my browser of choice.

I got as far as the download page which told me I was using the “wrong” browser.  With the single exception of Oddpost, any browser based application that only supports IE goes right out the window as far as I’m concerned.  I’m not willing to put up with IE when I use Firefox the other 99% of the time.  I gamely tolerated such lame behavior when IE was the better browser, but now it’s not, so I won’t.  I’ve pretty much switched to Thunderbird at home now, for the simple reason that I can download and read my mail about 10 times faster than I could in Outlook.  Not to mention the theming and extension support. 

Anyway, MSN desktop search may be cool and everything, but the IE only thing makes it a non-starter for me.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2004 11:34:01 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Just to be fair it was pointed out to me that the main part of the search is all desktop and explorer based, meaning it does not really use Internet Explorer unless you are searching online (Like I do with Google).

For me it is nice to search Google, from Firefox, and I get desktop and web results right there. You can't do that with MSN without using IE, but you can do the normal desktop search using their explorer bar (regular explorer, not internet explorer).

Doesnt change the fact that I dont like it, but just wanted to clarify. :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2004 1:01:06 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
"I can download and read my mail about 10 times faster than I could in Outlook."

The downloading I can believe, but Thunderburd helps you read faster too? I want Thunderbird especially for reading technical specs!! ;-D

Tuesday, December 14, 2004 1:08:01 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)

it might be handy for reading specs. :) I've found that the combination of WAY faster downloading and increased speed of context/folder switching/HTML Mail rendering make it much quicker to read my mail.
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