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Google Does Health Info, Chance To Switch

David A. Utter
Staff Writer
Published: 2006-05-06

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A peek at one of Google's datacenters reveals a look at Google Health, and if you try it with Internet Explorer 7 beta 2, Google suggests changing your search engine choice too.

The search for migraine information wasn't a headache for ZDNet blogger Garett Rogers. He uncovered what a lot of outlets have been talking about for a few weeks, namely the unveiling of Google Health.

By querying, Rogers noted additional results for a search for migraines appearing on Google's page, below Google's sponsored links box:

The results page gives users the option to narrow down or filter to produce desired results. For example, I searched for migraine and it let me choose from various options including: treatment, research papers, symptoms, news and alternative medicine. Clicking on "From medical establishment" gives even more options.

We were not able to duplicate Rogers' results in testing, so Google is probably rolling this out in a limited fashion. However, we did see something new in IE 7 beta 2 when navigating to the Google IP address listed in the article.

When we downloaded Microsoft's latest browse version, we noticed it had Google, not MSN Search, as its default. Evidently Google's Marissa Mayer's concern over IE and Microsoft's possible violation of antitrust practices via its new search box may have been a bit premature.

Google isn't taking any chances, though. Taking IE 7 to Google.com brings up a box in the top right corner of the browser, and reads, "Make Google your search engine in Internet Explorer." A red arrow pointing to the box and a big button that reads, "Make Google my search" appear in the box.

Clicking the button prompts the user to run two small executable files. Upon agreeing to run both, IE opens a new window with a message from Google, thanking the user for setting Google as the default search. There is also a link to get the Google Pack, a software collection Google distributes for PC users.

Google's IE suggestion mimics what Yahoo does for Firefox users. The Yahoo main page will display a similar attention-getting box in Firefox, suggesting those users set Yahoo as the default search.

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