Aren't these good alternatvies?
Yahoo! (I still use them for e-mail, briefcase, maps and movies; no search)
I thought Yahoo was using google for its search? Or maybe they will soon be using it, or something, meh.
MSN's not bad for search, and should improve more once msnbot is no longre beta. Only thing I dislike about it is that msn and sympatico joined, and now I there's no more sympatico.ca page, juts the msn portal.
Altavista? Sure, its there, but its not like many people use it compared to google, yahoo, or msn.
I'm probably missing a few, but I think the field will be ripe with competition. I expect particularly that Yahoo! will be a fierce competitor. I get 2 gigs with paid service.
This doesn't really have much to do with email and googl's gmail, its about google's desktop search. I don't see how Yahoo's email accounts will or should compete with an search application.