Google announced it has complained to the European Commission about the way that Microsoft sets search defaults in Internet Explorer 7.
IE7, currently available as a beta, includes a box where users can enter search terms to conduct an Internet search. The box by default uses Microsoft's own MSN search engine. But a drop-down menu allows users to find other search providers and set the search box to use other search engines, including Google.
The setup is similar to Mozilla's Firefox browser, which comes with Google as the default search bar. Firefox users can also choose to change the default search engine. MSN is not included in a drop-down list of other providers but users can choose the "add engines" option, which takes them to a separate page where they can add MSN or others as their default search engine.