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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2005-07-25

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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archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

Read up on the whole DR-DOS saga. It wasn't just an isolated incident - Microsoft actively tried to make it harder for this competitor.

There are similar stories floating around about ACPI, and how that has made it harder for other OSes to run correctly on laptops. But, hey, Microsoft can do no wrong, right?

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2005-07-25

/ Read up on the whole DR-DOS saga. /

Yes, I did. Do you have something that contradicts what I said about it?

/There are similar stories floating around about ACPI/

Oooohh, stories are floating around. Very good. Let me guess, it's that email from the 90s from Bill Gates, right? Too bad ACPI is an open standard that Linux also implements with about the same degree of success as Windows in different hardware.

/But, hey, Microsoft can do no wrong, right?/

That Microsoft can do no wrong is irrelevant - FUD in the form of uninformed meme "let me tell you about X and Y" soundbites is the problem.

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