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 gamma on Tue 12th Jun 2007 22:43 UTC in reply to "hmmm"
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I love the top comment and I'm taking Microsoft's side on this one. Apple has spotlight and Microsoft has every right to release a product that competes in features. It's alright if one operating system releases a search tool, but soon as the giant does it, it becomes illegal? It seems like Apple will be at an operating system advantage because they'll be allowed to include features that Microsoft would be sued for.

People always question why Microsoft releases take so long and there really aren't a ton of features. You want to know why? Each new feature prompts company X to sue Microsoft for anticompetitive practices. I think Microsoft is in a hard position because of this, either release a similar, but prettier version of an existing operating system or get sued for making improvements.

Also does Microsoft's search tool upload the contents of your hard drive to Live "in order to optimize your search experience?" I hope not ;) .

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RE[2]: hmmm
by RGCook on Wed 13th Jun 2007 01:37 in reply to "RE: hmmm"
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I have to disagree. While the clock argument is provocative and humorous, it's not a valid comparison. Google search is one of many high-powered utilities that competes with the integrated functionality provided by MS in Vista (and as a download for XP). By deliberately making it difficult for competing products to leverage the same functionality and enjoy the same degree of integration with the OS that MS itself has, it is once again employing unethical tactics to provide and sustain an unfair advantage.

Google is one of the few who can stand up to MS. It amazes me that they continue to employ the same tactics despite a history and increasingly bad reputation for poor products and loss of innovation.

Hey, maybe its desperation. I wish Google the best in its argument.

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RE[3]: hmmm
by Almafeta on Wed 13th Jun 2007 01:56 in reply to "RE[2]: hmmm"
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Google search is one of many high-powered utilities that competes with the integrated functionality provided by MS in Vista (and as a download for XP).

So if in your argument Google is making operating system components, why don't they just make their own operating system? I'm sure a lot of people would go for Google BSD.

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RE[3]: hmmm
by PlatformAgnostic on Wed 13th Jun 2007 02:44 in reply to "RE[2]: hmmm"
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GDS still runs just fine on Vista, according to reports. (If you wish to deny this, then we can both install and test it before continuing an argument).

They added some additional load to the machine... almost anything could have broken GDS for the same reason. They added a couple text boxes to interface into the search system. As a side effect, this makes GDS less desirable. I wouldn't call this deliberate. What's your definition of deliberate?

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