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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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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sappyvcv Member since:

I'm guessing that Microsoft is "in the right" based on a few things:
1) Conspiracy factor
2) Them understanding the consequences based on history.
3) The internet factor making it harder to subdue such information
4) The shared-source initiative
5) Many more people would be in the know of this (related to point 1 really) making it harder to keep secret

Signs point to it being quite unlikely, not impossible.

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MollyC Member since:

The "DR-DOS saga" occurred 14 years ago (and involved code in a beta version of Win3.1, code that was removed for RTM). Can we please stick to this millenium?

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twitter Member since:

Too bad the DR-DOS "saga" happened 15 years ago and it was added to a beta version of Windows 3.x that never shipped. It was removed without threats of legal action or antitrust actions. They got rid of it before Windows shipped.

But hey, FUD is so much more fun, isn't it?

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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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