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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Apple's Safari Tries to Talk You Out of Google

Apple singles out Google with a specific dialog box in Safari that tries to TALK YOU OUT OF GOOGLE as your start page. If you change your start page to any other site, Safari simply changes the start page (as do all other major browsers). But if you change the start page to Google.com, a special dialog box comes up that says,

"Are you sure you want to switch your home page to Google search? You can do a Google search directly from Safari’s search field without going to Google’s webpage."
The funny thing is, Google is a close partner of Apple's. Another funny thing: Mac fans often maintain their good-vs-evil view of the world when thinking about the motives of Apple and Microsoft by inventing the best possible motives for Apple, and the worst for Microsoft. This blog entry leads to that of a self-described "Mac loving" blogger, who describes the anti-Google dialog box in Safari, but then says, "I'm certain Apple meant no harm in adding this prompt..." This reminds me of how viciously Apple bloggers attacked Microsoft when the company announced delays of Windows Vista, but then blogged about how wise and good it was for Apple delay Leopard.

(props to Brandon Werner)

Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apple makes money every time someone uses the integrated search field in Safari.

They want people to use that rather than the actual google page.

Makes sense.

http://daringfireball.net/2007/06/wwdc_2007_keynote

Thursday, June 14, 2007 9:16:00 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

If you change your default browser to Yahoo! and change your home page to search.yahoo.com it asks the same question about Yahoo! They didn't single out Google. I think the message is informative!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2007 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger Bruce said...

Right on about the selective rationalizations of rabid Mac fans. Let's see if the rest of the comments bear that out...

Thursday, June 14, 2007 11:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You just can't admit that Apple runs rings around Windoze. At least Safari WORKS - when you're through crashing with MSIE and rebooting because of it, how many Apple users have breezed past you? You Microsoffft fanboyz make me sick.

Thursday, June 14, 2007 12:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yawn, Get real. The last time IE crashed on me was years ago, pre SP1. Most of us in the know use open source stuff like Firefox anyway. Time for the blinkers to come methinks.

Thursday, June 14, 2007 4:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't Safari a bit bland anyway. A bit too grey for my liking.

Thursday, June 14, 2007 4:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frankly I think Google has lost it's edge for searching. When I use Google I get much more junk (google paid preferred results) than what I am actually looking for. If I use other search engines I get my info closer to the main result. Google seems to be going down the Microsoft, Intel, and Apple path. That path is doing whatever is needed to please the stockholder, but hell with the customer.

Thursday, June 14, 2007 9:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sky is falling, the sky is falling.....

Friday, June 15, 2007 3:26:00 AM  
Blogger Rob Potts said...

I find this interesting in the fact that I just went through the process of changing my default homepage twice and never once received the message. Maybe because I'm running 3.0.1. Either way who really cares?

If you don't like Safari and don't want to use it uninstall it. To bad I can't uninstall IE.

Friday, June 15, 2007 10:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can uninstall IE if you want to. Did you even try before you made your comment?

Also, to the person who said that "Apple runs rings around Windoze": Try running the Mac OS inside of a virtual machine (you can't). Try running Mac OS on anything other than Apple hardware (you can't). Try resizing a window from any corner or edge other than the lower right corner (you can't). Try moving files with just the keyboard (you can't). Then go try a real operating system like Linux or Windows.

Saturday, June 16, 2007 6:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like quite a useful dialog box. It's pointing out that searching can be done elsewhere and saves you doubling up your google visits.

Monday, June 18, 2007 4:48:00 AM  
Anonymous NikelGrey said...

I just see an inversion of roles.
Apple is now acting as Microsoft was in 1995.
The lure of "uncontrolled" control of the market is huge...
Lukely, windows users are not all dummies!

Friday, June 22, 2007 1:15:00 AM  

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