Yahoo/BT Alliance

  -pops- 18:48 15 Sep 03
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There were some threads last week commenting on problems with the non-optional new download of the Yahoo/BT browser.

Well, folks, I got my invitation to download my one this afternoon. Reluctantly (and after a full backup and setting a Restore Point) I did the download because I knew I would have to sooner or later.

There weren't any problems but boy, what a dreadful thing it is. Pastel blue with gentle curves and bulges - not my sort of thing at all.

I will not be using this baby-style browser effort. One problem is that I haven't figured out how to get the Google toolbar on this new thing yet.I rarely used IE except for my Google access so:

My setup now is use Yahoo/BT to get on line then forget about it. I've now got Google as my home page on IE - to be ready for consultation then either Netscape or Opera, sometimes both, as my workhorse browsers.

I would be interested in other experiences with this downgrade of the BT Openworld broadband system.

Brian

  The Idle one 19:38 15 Sep 03

Wel Pops see u are very wary of Yahoo - I agree
Note that they use web beacons to track you.
Can be removed with difficulty via their privacy policy (its towards the end) and when u find it read instructions carefully.

I use btconnect at present so i shall see what transpires with them.

cheers
Colin

  -pops- 06:30 16 Sep 03

Well, this morning I have connected using my IE with Google as the homepage and ignored the baby blue softie homepage of Yahoo/BT. I forgot about the thing actually. It all connected up OK. I switched to Netscape and came on here with no problem and it was only when reading through My Postings that I remembered.

I hope it stays like this.

Brian

  christmascracker 08:08 16 Sep 03

I installed this for my mother-in-law last week as she has just gone onto Broadband.

Like you I wasn't impressed at all and if it was me I wouldn't use it either.

I've just switched to broadband myself last wednesday and I am glad that I went the BT Broadband route instead of BT Openworld.

Sheila

  hoverman 09:08 16 Sep 03

I also downloaded the new Yahoo/BT browser - no problems but YUK!!!! I promptly used System Restore to return me to IE.

  -pops- 09:16 16 Sep 03

Yuk!!!! indeed.

I think the term is "dumbing down" - which seems to be happening to just about everything these days.

Although I have this awful thing installed, I am managing quite well without it today so far.

Has anybody tried to use the Parental Controls yet?

I have been having a nightmare with this, and I'm now waiting for a phone call from a Yahoo specialist in the USA on Thursday to try and fix it.

My wife and kids like the new browser. I personally have gone back to IE. At least you get a choice of which browser you use.

  -pops- 11:09 16 Sep 03

My Granddaughter hates the new homepage.

She saw it last night and asked what had happened the "tenet" (her word for internet - she's 5).

I said it was the new improved version and her reply was something to the effect of "can't we have the old one back".

  christmascracker 11:15 16 Sep 03

As GoldenEagle say's it's a good job you get a choice of which browser you use!

  nkosi 17:38 16 Sep 03

Since the subject came up I have seen several posts suggesting that it may be possible to decline the invitation to download the yahoo browser and carry on in blissful ignorance of it's delights. From your post I now suspect that there is no choice as I can't imagine you would have downloaded it if you had the choice. I too want to keep my google toolbar. I haven't received the invitation yet so can you confirm that it is compulsory?

  hoverman 17:54 16 Sep 03

I have never received an invitation to install the Yahho/Bt browser. I discovered it was available when accessing the BTopenworld web site, so decided to see what it was like. I have since used System Restore to take me back to IE6. It would appear that it is not compulsory to install the browser - the BTopenworld home page has been changed to reflect the tie up with Yahoo. It now greets me with my username and tells me if any email messages are available, so it looks as though you can access the Yahoo/BT website without installing the browser.

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