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Google CEO voices concerns over IE 7.0

But no plans to develop a competitor

The next release of Microsoft's IE (Internet Explorer) continues to concern Google, which nonetheless has no plans to develop a competing browser, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said yesterday.

Microsoft is currently beta testing IE 7.0, which contains a search box with a drop-down menu set by default to use the company's search engine, but which includes other options. Google executives have in recent months complained about this, and Schmidt reiterated their concern yesterday.

"We want to make sure that the use of the power of Windows is done in a correct and legally appropriate way," Schmidt said in a question and answer session with financial analysts and investors that the company broadcast over the web.

Google complained to the US DoJ (Department of Justice) and the EC (European Commission) about this issue. However, the DoJ this month dismissed the concerns as groundless.

Google critics have also pointed out that the company's grievance is inconsistent with the fact that Mozilla's Firefox browser has a similar search box that defaults to the Google search engine.

Schmidt also said Google has no intention of developing its own browser because it doesn't see a user need for it, since there are many good options available in the market, such as Firefox, IE, Apple's Safari and Opera.

He added that Google would make the decision based on what end users want, not to make a defensive move against competitors. "You have a number of fine browsers. People have good choices," he said.


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