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[3]: Wow.
by JonathanBThompson on Wed 13th Jun 2007 00:53 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Wow."
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Sorry, Beta, but... no. You can't whine about what a company may do in the future that you think will be anti-competitive, but only what it is doing in the here and now as that's what can be proven, whereas being afraid that they might add that feature and filing a lawsuit over that just doesn't fly.

As to Google's complaints (the 49 page diatribe isn't linked by that article, so I can't read it in detail from there) about Microsoft not making it easy to add in their search engine features to Microsoft's search dialogs (which, if I'm not mistaken, are part of Vista Explorer, which is the same thing as BeOS's Tracker with the closest equivalent being queries and their dialogs) as stated by that article.

Well, if Google really wants to provide something they think is improved over what Vista provides, consider this: Windows NT derivatives have always allowed you to create your own GUI shell (Explorer) to replace whatever Microsoft provides, and that's fully documented, including how to create a new login method. I know, because I've done that at my last employer in Indianapolis, and I studied that.

If Google's "All that, and a bag of microchips" and they've truly got something superior for a user experience, it's not justice for them to expect to have someone else provide all the engineering time and money to provide them that platform to build from, when they can build their own. If they provided a "Google Explorer" they then have full control from top-bottom for results the user sees and experiences.

Besides, from a personal perspective, I've not seen any ISP software that's added to a system ever be worth as much hassle as it causes, as it often isn't as stable as the standard OS provides. The less software you have between you and your data, the better off you will be, all other things being equal.

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