Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Jun 2007 19:46 UTC, submitted by Dale Smoker
Legal Internet search leader Google is trying to convince federal and state authorities that Microsoft's Vista operating system is stifling competition as the high-tech heavyweights wrestle for the allegiance of personal computer users. In a 49-page document filed April 18 with the U.S. Justice Department and state attorneys general, Google alleged that the latest version of Microsoft's Windows operating system impairs the performance of 'desktop search' programs that find data stored on a computer's hard drive. Besides bogging down competing programs, Google alleged Microsoft had made it too complicated to turn off the desktop search feature built into Vista.
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hmmm
by prymitive on Tue 12th Jun 2007 20:08 UTC
prymitive
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2006-11-20

Why won't Casio sue MS for integrating clock into Windows?
It's installed by default and it is hard or even impossible to uninstall or disable. I guess that's enough.

Edited 2007-06-12 20:08

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RE: hmmm
by markob on Tue 12th Jun 2007 20:36 in reply to "hmmm"
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2005-07-06

Did you even read the article?

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RE[2]: hmmm
by prymitive on Tue 12th Jun 2007 21:04 in reply to "RE: hmmm"
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2006-11-20

I took _very_ quick look, the thing is that each time I see other companies complaining about MS products I see people who are talking about poor users who are forced by MS to use IE / WMP and stuff like that, I believe that MS has right to make Windows or anything else the way they like, You can love or hate Windows but no one forces You to buy or use it. If MS can't make Windows the way they like than where is the freedom? Each time I see slogan "MS is bad because it forces users to [random stuff]" and scratch my head and think that people got the wrong end of the problem, the problem is not in MS doing things the way they like because MS is a company and each and every company (including google) will try to squeeze every $ out of You, when there are few companies trying to sell You the same thing they must try real hard so You will but it, that is quite simple, but people are complaining to MS that Windows does this or that, don't like it? Don't buy it. And if You need windows because Your software can't run on anything else than Windows than complain to the one who made that software so that they port it to other OS. As long as MS is the only one to complain to we all prove that Windows is the only OS out there that should be used.
I'm talking about perfect world, I know, I'm just curious how far from it are we now.

Edited 2007-06-12 21:05

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RE: hmmm
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 12th Jun 2007 21:01 in reply to "hmmm"
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2006-12-05

Do you use your watch to access, view or search data on your computer's hard drive? In fact, do you connect your watch to your PC *at all*? Didn't think so.

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RE: hmmm
by ThanhLy on Tue 12th Jun 2007 22:19 in reply to "hmmm"
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2006-03-14

Why won't Casio sue MS for integrating clock into Windows?
It's installed by default and it is hard or even impossible to uninstall or disable. I guess that's enough.


Rick-click on taskbar, select Properties, Uncheck "Show the Clock" click OK. What's so hard about that?

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RE: hmmm
by gamma on Tue 12th Jun 2007 22:43 in reply to "hmmm"
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2005-07-06

I love the top comment and I'm taking Microsoft's side on this one. Apple has spotlight and Microsoft has every right to release a product that competes in features. It's alright if one operating system releases a search tool, but soon as the giant does it, it becomes illegal? It seems like Apple will be at an operating system advantage because they'll be allowed to include features that Microsoft would be sued for.

People always question why Microsoft releases take so long and there really aren't a ton of features. You want to know why? Each new feature prompts company X to sue Microsoft for anticompetitive practices. I think Microsoft is in a hard position because of this, either release a similar, but prettier version of an existing operating system or get sued for making improvements.

Also does Microsoft's search tool upload the contents of your hard drive to Live "in order to optimize your search experience?" I hope not ;) .

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RE[2]: hmmm
by RGCook on Wed 13th Jun 2007 01:37 in reply to "RE: hmmm"
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2005-07-12

I have to disagree. While the clock argument is provocative and humorous, it's not a valid comparison. Google search is one of many high-powered utilities that competes with the integrated functionality provided by MS in Vista (and as a download for XP). By deliberately making it difficult for competing products to leverage the same functionality and enjoy the same degree of integration with the OS that MS itself has, it is once again employing unethical tactics to provide and sustain an unfair advantage.

Google is one of the few who can stand up to MS. It amazes me that they continue to employ the same tactics despite a history and increasingly bad reputation for poor products and loss of innovation.

Hey, maybe its desperation. I wish Google the best in its argument.

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