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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RE: hmmm
by markob on Tue 12th Jun 2007 20:36 UTC in reply to "hmmm"
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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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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[3]: hmmm
by archiesteel on Tue 12th Jun 2007 21:07 in reply to "RE[2]: hmmm"
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Man, you should learn to use proper punctuation...

Anyway, the thing is that MS is in a near-monopoly position, and that means that they *can't* do anything they please.

With the amount of literature available on the subject, this notion should be self-evident by now...

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RE[3]: hmmm
by dcwrwrfhndz on Tue 12th Jun 2007 21:13 in reply to "RE[2]: hmmm"
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You can love or hate Windows but no one forces You to buy or use it

I can agree with the first part of this sentence, but the second is not true.

Edited 2007-06-12 21:14

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RE[3]: hmmm
by wannabe geek on Wed 13th Jun 2007 01:47 in reply to "RE[2]: hmmm"
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I agree on this: "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."

My take is:

1) Antitrust legislation is broken. It shouldn't be needed. Monopolies don't rise because of lack of antitrust legislation. They rise because of monopoly-friendly legislation, which takes us to..

2) IP law is equally broken. Especially (but not exclusively) copyright law and software patents. They are a major instrument of vendor lock-in and subsequent monopoly.

Now, they say "two wrongs don't make a right" but I prefer a doubly-broken, evenly crappy legal system rather than a singly-broken, unbalanced legal system which is a monopolist's dream. Frankly, I don't care much whether Google or Microsoft is in the right under this dumb legislation.

BTW, I'm glad we have no software patent laws in Europe for the moment.

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