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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Not to rain on Google-haters' parade...
by archiesteel on Tue 12th Jun 2007 20:34 UTC
archiesteel
Member since:
2005-07-02

...but it does seem that this little tidbit, if true, would be a valid cause for concern:

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.


I don't have anything against Windows offering a Desktop Search...however, if they are wilfully reducing the performance of similar programs, then that is a valid complaint on Google's part.

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sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

And the chances of them actually doing this, knowing the consequences, are quite slim. It's basically a conspiracy theory that involves developers, managers and executives.

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archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

Yeah, because they've never done it before...

Look, I'm not saying Google has a case or not, but to dismiss it off-hand sounds, well, a little biased, don't you think?

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codehead78 Member since:
2006-08-04

How? With the new background IO feature? What a bs complaint. Yeah, background indexing will be slower, but I can still open windows and not have that indexer bog me down...

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leech Member since:
2006-01-10

Wait, I thought the whole reason Vista came out was to reduce the performance of everyone's perfectly working computers so that everyone had to upgrade their hardware anyhow? I mean from everything I've read, every game developer should sue them as well for reducing the performance of all the games they make, since Solitaire seems to run well enough on Vista (in my personal opinion, the new version of Solitaire is the ONLY feature in it I like.)

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