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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I'm just posting a hypothetical here. I consider Google's wares to be unnecessary risks to computer stability. In fact, I've cured a couple of computer problems brought to me by fellow-students simply by removing Google Desktop (installed by default at Dell) and the Google toolbar.

But you have to admit that having search integrated with Windows Vista absolutely kills the market for Google Desktop Search. I'm just acknowledging that Google will have to concede desktop search on Vista unless they can get this change (and I don't necessarily think Microsoft should automatically give it to them).

I personally hold little stock in antitrust doctrine in the computer software sector. Like patents, antitrust regulations simply do not apply to a field which is changing so rapidly and which is built, quite literally, on pure ideas. Software markets are formed and destroyed with too much speed for there to be a good regulatory presence there. I spent time doing research on the 1998-2001 US v. Microsoft cases, and the sheer level of persecution on the part of the government and idiocy on the part of all involved (esp. the defense and the Judge) made a mockery of justice. Milton Friedman was right when he said that computer companies would "rue the day" they brought government to bear on Microsoft.

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