NEWS: Watch out! Microsoft Toolbar about!

As if users didnt have enough options with toolbars, it seems like every company is desparate for you to have theirs, and now Microsoft is no exception.  In an attempt to gain more market penetration with their MSLive and to tackle Google (which in anycase is a household name now) Microsoft have banded together with Sun systems and agreed that their toolbar should be offered allong side a Java upgrade. Aswell as offering the access to the MSlive search through your toolbar, you get news and access to hotmail, excellent, just what we always wanted another toolbar with features we dont need or already have.

Microsoft are reported to have said “This agreement with Sun Microsystems is another important milestone in our strategy to secure broad-scale distribution for our search offering, enabling millions more people to experience the benefits of Live Search,” – Benefits? What benefits? Please elaborate.

Well thats lovely Microsoft.  Not able to attract users to the MSLive search “offering” from Google, youre now going to bundle your toolbar along with a Java upgrade and hope users take up your “kind” offer.  Thats just what everyone needs ANOTHER toolbar, and I feel sorry for the people who dont notice your “kind gift”

Microsoft is far too late to tackle google (IMO).  Forgeting about MS’s poor image on the many forums and blogs, people use Google because it has now almost become a global word for search.

MSlive is obviously what they are interested in today (it will change next week) and the shill posters have already started to appear claiming its a more relevant search than Google.  I took one of these people up on that and tested.  Both return about the same results, although MSlive (IMO) wont be used because of the damaged MS image (IMO) and the fact that everyone just likes to “do a google”  Its also worth noting that I havent had a response to a request of the shill to give us an example search.

You can read the article on the very good PC Magazine site, by clicking HERE

I wonder what methods MS will use next?  I would hope people send a message out to MS by not accepting the toolbar.  I will certainly be making sure it goes nowhere near anyones machine that I know.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. xISO_ZWT says:

    Microsoft is also bribing users to use MS-search.

  2. openbytes says:

    Lol, There was a post on MSwatch recently where a “user” tried to claim that MSlive searches were more relevant than Google. I challenged him to provide the searches he did. He backed down.

    I then conducted my own searches (50 of them) and found nothing that suggested MSlive was any better.

    The problem IMO for MS is that Google is virtually its own word now, and MS cannot compete with that. To be honest, even if MSlive was a better search IMO it wouldnt stand a chance because the word GOOGLE is so well used.

    Nice to see you again xISO_ZWT!

  3. xISO_ZWT says:

    Thanks, good to be here if for a moment. Will be headed back to the mountains.

    If I’m not mistaken, Microsoft gives you a 25% discount on purchases on ebay; don’t know the details on that since it got to me on a response on another subject we were discussing. But there’s more here:

    http://boycottnovell.com/2008/11/17/ms-live-briberies/

  4. openbytes says:

    Thanks for that. I havent had time to check it out. Ill do so now.

    I meant to say before, if you ever fancy doing any articles/opinions or reports please feel free to do so here. I would be more than happy to give you access if you wanted to turn your hand to writing some.

    Just drop me an email anytime.

    Also im interested in hearing about these mountains, are you on vacation, do you live in them? Where abouts you from?

    For your info, I am 25 miles out of London in Bedfordshire and the only mountains near us are the piles of landfill in nearby Milton Keynes!

    Kind regards
    Goblin.

  5. xISO_ZWT says:

    Sent ya one at bytes4free@googlemail.com. I do a lot of work between Rochester, Buffalo, Cleveland & Cincinnati. Contract work for Xerox, Global Crossing, IBM, and a few independents. Most of it is win to GNU/Linux migrations. Will expand on e-mail. The Appalachian mountains are quite beautiful, but great scenery does not fill your belly, so I send as much as I can to the family so they don’t leave the mountains.

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