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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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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sappyvcv Member since:

First, I said the chances are slim. I didn't say it's not possible.

Second, when have they purposefully hampered performance of features used by competitions solely to hurt the competitior?

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archiesteel Member since:

See the whole DR-DOS saga. I trust you are familiar with it? It's not exactly the same thing, but it's an example of Microsoft wilfully hampering competition through technical means.

Again, I'm not saying that Google has a case or not. Unlike you, though, I'm not automatically assuming that Microsoft is probably in the right. In my opinion, there is not enough data right now to say that Google's chances of having a case are good, even or slim.

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DHofmann Member since:

Not exactly performance related, but there's that rumor that Microsoft took steps to make ACPI flaky in other operating systems.

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