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Google releases customised IE 7

Windows Live Search replaced as search engine

Google has released a customised version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 (IE 7) browser in which Google, not Windows Live Search, is the default search engine.

Google's customised version of IE 7 can be downloaded from this website.

In addition to using Google as the default search engine, Google's version also provides users with the Google Toolbar and a Google homepage they can personalise.

According to a posting by Microsoft group programme manager Tony Chor on Microsoft's IEBlog, Google and other companies - including Yahoo and USAToday.com - were able to build customised versions of IE 7 by using the Internet Explorer Administration Kit.

Microsoft released the toolkit so developers could tweak IE, as well as to provide companies with help to configure and deploy the browser through the enterprise, Chor wrote in his posting.

Microsoft released IE 7 for Windows XP in October. The browser is also included in Windows Vista, which is currently available in full release only to business users. Windows Vista will be available to consumers on January 30.


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