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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One comment I would like to make is about Windows Live search in Vista if you change your default search provider (Which IE asks you when you start it up for the first time) or at any other time in IE the only place in Vista that ties anything to internet serach is the "Search the Internet" from the start menu which works with all search providers including Google. Microsoft went to major extents to make sure the Justice Department wouldn't be crashing Vista's Launch.

True. Which brings to question (which is what I wondered as well), where is their case? it isn't as though Microsoft is doing anything to block Google from the desktop.

For me, I don't understand *why* google needs to replace the native search system with their own - given the security issues with their own desktop products, I'd suggest Google to focus on their own backyard before starting to attack Microsoft.

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