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Want to add a new search engine to the search box in either Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 2? Well, it’s easy: Just browser a directory of search engines and cl-

Wait, what? Are you saying IE7 has a real easy, brain-dead way to do it? Well, whaddaya know, they do!

Here’s the deal: Rather than providing 9,219 search engines to browse through (on an ugly and confusing design, to boot), Microsoft links in the browser to a page on Microsoft.com that contains six top search engines and 18 additional topic-specific engines. The reason they don’t need a mammoth directory? Take a look:


Yes, all you need to do is run a search on any search engine in the world, regardless of how specific or strange it is, what language it is, what preferences you’ve enabled, use the word “TEST” in the search, paste it and name it, and click the wonderful “Install” button. Tada! Any search engine, installed with little effort. No directory, no hoping your special site is listed. Just search, paste, name and click. I only wish Opera did this, and wonder why the hell Mozilla never figured this one out.

Seriously, 9,219 search engines. Are they insane?
(via the IE blog)

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