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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Wow.
by Nelson on Tue 12th Jun 2007 21:05 UTC
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

Next Cars won't be permitted to be sold with wheels anymore either. You'll have to go purchase them from a third party vendor.

What a ridiculous claim. Vista's search can be disabled either by turning off the required services, or by programatically turning it off using APIs.

If Google were truly serious, it'd just have this happen in an installer.

Cry more Google, cry more.

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RE: Wow.
by JonathanBThompson on Tue 12th Jun 2007 21:32 in reply to "Wow."
JonathanBThompson Member since:
2006-05-26

I would mod you up more if OSNews would allow me, but for some reason, it won't.

That's the gist of the whole thing: Vista has just enhanced a feature that's existed since Windows 2000, and you can turn it off, and I'd be amazed if it isn't fairly easy to turn off programmatically: after all, it's just another one of many services, controlled in the same way other services are in NT mutations.

Google's whine is the exact equivalent of Symantec whining that another bit of anti-virus software is slowing theirs down: having more than one of the certain types of services will cause conflicts, and the way around that is to not have more than one installed, and that can be done (if nothing else) by asking and directing the user to uninstall/turn off something. I believe that it's far wiser in this case to have it explicitly stated what must be done, and why, and the ramifications: what if users have become attached to what the Vista indexing does for them?

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RE[2]: Wow.
by Beta on Tue 12th Jun 2007 22:46 in reply to "RE: Wow."
Beta Member since:
2005-07-06

JT, you and the parent post missed the point of this filing.

If Vista, in a future update couples Windows Live (I wouldn't know if it does this now, I haven't got Vista) searches into the desktop search tool, how is this not abusing/leveraging Microsoft's monopoly to gain market share in a different sector ?

Users aren't going to want to disable their desktop search! Most wont go to the effort to change to Google (even if they can), so Google have a valid complaint.

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