Enter your search

Inquisitor Bought by Yahoo!



Inquisitor, the brilliant little search plugin for Safari has been purchased by web giant Yahoo!

In a move that has surprised many, Yahoo! has seemingly made a smart decision here. The Inquisitor plugin is used by a large number of Apple users to get instant search results from the built in search field that Safari comes with. The search field defaults to Google when Safari is first downloaded, enabling both Google and Apple to earn through search advertising from a high number of searches. So Yahoo! will ensure Inquisitor’s default search is through them to increase their slice of the multi-billion dollar search advertising market. Thankfully, the default search engine is still changeable via the newly designed preference pane.

Yahoo! purchasing this plugin is not just a sign of good business sense. It is a very clear example of the importance of interface design. Interface = Brand. The interface of Inquisitor is beautiful, and has developed throughout its life. Being a user of Inquisitor from the beginning, it has been great to see it develop into a thoroughly useful, efficient, and beautiful tool.

Let’s hope the buyout from Yahoo! will keep Inquisitor at its prime for years to come.

On a side note, David Watanabe has not joined the ranks of Yahoo!, he’s still focused on creating his own awesome software.

Written by
James is CEO and one of the co-founders of GoSquared. He also likes to talk about design.

You May Also Like

Group 5 Created with Sketch. Group 11 Created with Sketch. CLOSE ICON Created with Sketch. icon-microphone Group 9 Created with Sketch. CLOSE ICON Created with Sketch. SEARCH ICON Created with Sketch. Group 4 Created with Sketch. Path Created with Sketch. Group 5 Created with Sketch.