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[2]: Disreputable
by Supreme Dragon on Wed 13th Jun 2007 02:03 UTC in reply to "RE: Disreputable"
Supreme Dragon
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2007-03-04

"A competitor which isn't exactly an objective source of information. I haven't seen a single shred of evidence that MS's code is sandbagging Google Desktop."

Considering MS's consistent anti-consumer and anti-competitive behavior, it would not be surprising if the Google allegations were proven true. The MS software dictatorship should never be trusted.

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RE[3]: Disreputable
by Soulbender on Wed 13th Jun 2007 03:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Disreputable"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"The MS software dictatorship should never be trusted."

So instead we should of course trust Google, another gigantic corporation who's primary goal is making money.
Oh, I forgot. They have "Don't be evil" in their corporate philosophy. That makes all the difference, I guess.

Edited 2007-06-13 03:30

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RE[4]: Disreputable
by archiesteel on Wed 13th Jun 2007 05:32 in reply to "RE[3]: Disreputable"
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

So instead we should of course trust Google, another gigantic corporation who's primary goal is making money.


No, we should trust the legal system. If Google has a case, then they'll settle this in or out of court. If they don't, well, then that will be that.

That said, while it may be tempting from Microsoft apologists to try to turn Google into the next boogieman (and therefore shift attention away from their beloved monopolist), for that Google would need to display the same predatory, anti-competitive behavior that has characterized Microsoft's history over the past 15 years. So far, that hasn't happened, and therefore it's hard to take these efforts seriously.

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