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    AndyC said:
    mstefan said:
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    1. You can't even install the Microsoft update unless you have the Search Enhancement Pack installed. Maybe you installed it as part of one of the Live products, Messenger etc.

     

    2. It was an important update to the Search Enchancement Pack. I see nothing wrong with flagging it as such. Unless you are advocating that Microsoft should, unlike any other vendor, be unable to provide security updates and fixes in any of their products.

     

    3. It did not "modify" a third party application. It updated the extension already installed. If you use an application that allows third party plug-ins, then you a naturally going to get those updated by third parties. It's kind of inevitable. Do you complain if AdBlock or Flash some other plugin receives an automatic update?

     

    4. "In an Internet browser, you specify a homepage that is not a fully qualified URL. However, Windows Live Toolbar, MSN Toolbar, or Bing Bar may not categorize your homepage correctly. Therefore, the homepage reporting may be generated incorrectly for users who select the Help improve our services option when they install these toolbars." -  seems pretty clear to me. Which bit don't you get?

     

    3. It did not "modify" a third party application. It updated the extension already installed. If you use an application that allows third party plug-ins, then you a naturally going to get those updated by third parties. It's kind of inevitable. Do you complain if AdBlock or Flash some other plugin receives an automatic update?

     

    (1) This add-on gets installed even if the Bing toolbar is not installed in Firefox (it could be installed only in IE and the add-on still gets installed, or Firefox could be installed for the first time after the update is installed and the add-on will magically appear.

     

    (2) Firefox already provides a built-in way for extension authors to update their plugins right inside Firefox.  Microsoft is running off and doing their own thing.

     

    4. "In an Internet browser, you specify a homepage that is not a fully qualified URL. However, Windows Live Toolbar, MSN Toolbar, or Bing Bar may not categorize your homepage correctly. Therefore, the homepage reporting may be generated incorrectly for users who select the Help improve our services option when they install these toolbars." -  seems pretty clear to me. Which bit don't you get?

     

    Why this requires installing an add-on to a browser which may not even have the toolbar installed?  Why they are installing more add-ons at all when they should be patching the toolbars themselves?