# 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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