Although Yahoo! and Google have already released an “optimized” version of Windows
Internet Explorer for their services, MSN has followed suit by releasing a version with it’s line of
products and services. They include:
- Quick access to your MSN Content and Features
- Customized MSN links, feeds and favorites
- MSN.com as your home page
- Windows Live Toolbar
- Live Search set as your default search provider
actually the first to release a branded WIE 7 during beta 2, but Google soon followed.
It’s common for Internet service providers to release a branded IE, in fact MSN
Internet Access would include Internet Explorer on CDs since it’s launch in
1995, but usually the only customizations included Favorites, a button perhaps,
and “Internet Explorer provided by MSN” at the top of each window. Once MSN
Explorer launched, there was no need for customizations, and very few ISPs,
including AOL, continued to brand IE to death.
However, now Internet portals are doing an extensive makeover to WIE, by
including their own toolbar software and other plug-ins, much like they do during Instant Messenger installation. Windows Vista users can even have
their WIE “optimized” since all it does is install Windows Live Toolbar and
apply a WIE Administration Kit. In fact, if you don’t want the toolbar, but
want an “optimized” WIE, you can cancel the toolbar install. Windows Internet
Explorer Optimized for MSN sounds so much better, doesn’t it?
PS–Unfortunately MSN doesn’t install MSNBC News in a second tab like Yahoo! and Google do with
their respective news site.
Thanks to Alber1960.