Yahoo has launched a customized version of Microsoft
Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) Beta 2 that has Yahoo search built into the browser.
The customized browser sets Yahoo.com as the default home
page on the primary tab, while Yahoo Mail automatically loads in the secondary
tab. The Internet giant used Microsoft's Internet Explorer Administration Kit
(IEAK) to customize IE7, according to a post on IEBlog late last week.
Although Yahoo's customized browser presets the homepage and
search to Yahoo properties, "users can easily change the settings, just as they
can with the standard version that [Microsoft] ships", according to IEBlog.
Last month antitrust regulators investigating Windows Vista
satisfied with Microsoft's plans for the operating system, including IE7's
search box, which defaults to Microsoft's own MSN Search.
As part of its status report on Microsoft's antitrust
compliance, the U.S. Justice Department said that it had reviewed the search box and
concluded that Microsoft's implementation "respects users' and (computer
makers') default choices and is easily changed".
Google last month claimed
IE7's default to MSN was anti-competitive. The search giant has a close
working relationship with the Mozilla Foundation, whose Firefox browser competes with IE7.
CNET News.com's Ina Fried contributed to this report.