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'Smart Tags' only in the US?

'Smart Tags' only in the US?

It appears that Microsoft will only equip the Windows XP operating system with the new 'Smart Tag' technology in America. 'Smart Tags' enable Internet Explorer 6.0 to provide additional information and links on certain terms on Internet pages.

In addition to this feature, which is certainly very useful in some areas, there are currently also increasing voices that see the 'Smart Tags' as a threat to the market. Microsoft could consciously prefer references to its own services and thus actively attract customers. For example, the SmartTags for city names or travel destinations could be linked to the in-house travel service Expedia. However, the decision to deactivate the tags outside the United States should not be traced back to concerns from data protection or antitrust officials, but to the enormous effort involved in constantly updating the service for other nations and languages.

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