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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If you read the article, their complaint has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that they implemented a search feature into the OS, its that there is no way to disable or replace it, and a competing product is still going to have the overhead of the Windows Vista search indexing everything in addition to the search engine you're actually using, making it seem like you're not getting any benefit out of using any 3rd party search system for the OS.

Yes, you can disable; it is a service on Windows, there is nothing stopping Google from doing that, and creating their own service to run in the background and integrated into the operating system.

Google is saying this would be more along the lines of requiring a user to leave Internet Explorer open at all times in order to open and use any other web browser, then competing browsers are going to have a hard time. It seems like a pretty reasonable case to me. Unfortunately, there not even being given a chance to fight their case, which isn't how the legal system is supposed to work. I find this to be disappointing. Hopefully the next administration will be more willing to let something happen to Microsoft to increase competition in the market, instead of dropping everything like the Bush administration did. ;)

Please, there is already competition; if you want to blame someone for the lack of competition in the operating system market; blame the Adobes, Corel's, Symantecs and Quickens of the world who refuse to support alternative operating systems. Blame hardware vendors who refuse to provide quality drivers and/or specifications for their hardware.

Microsoft has nothing to do with the problems - sure, they make Microsoft, which is fairly important, but by inlarge, most end users can do without Office, what they can't do without is hardware support and software from their favourite vendors.

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