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[9]: Disreputable
by google_ninja on Thu 14th Jun 2007 04:56 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Disreputable"
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I agree with regulating markets, but the only reason google search existed in the first place was because of a lack of the functionality in windows. Now that the functionality is there, there is no need to use what was quite honestly, a pretty shoddy product that cause alot more problems then it solved.

Google is probably starting to wake up and realise that even with OEM bundling, they are still having a hard time getting their software on peoples machines. Now they want to pass the buck to MS by blaming the big bad monopoly for their lack of marketshare.

Removing all indexed locations is quite easily done from the control panel if users dont want to use MS search. While this does leave the process in ram, it weighs in at 4.8 megs, and it doesnt do anything if there is nothing to index.

Not only that, if google seriously wanted to compete, all they would have to do is disable the Windows Search process, that is very clearly named and not artificially embedded into the OS (like IE was).

On mac, pre spotlight there was a product called quicksilver that did part of what spotlight does now. Instead of sueing apple, quickilver instead changed their focus to augmenting spotlight, and providing a quality product. I agree that MS should not be allowed to leverage their monopoly to gain an unfair advantage, through access to undocumented APIs like in office, or through deliberate obfuscation of their standards to prevent inter-operability. However, offering a half assed search that makes the quarted assed search providers obsolete is not that. There is so much room for improvement on Windows Search, if Google even gave us something as simple as tagging im sure most vista users would have it installed in a heartbeat. But instead they sue.

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RE[10]: Disreputable
by archiesteel on Thu 14th Jun 2007 06:04 in reply to "RE[9]: Disreputable"
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You raise some good points. I myself do not use GDS, so I cannot comment on its quality. As I've said before, I'm not convinced Google has a case, but I do think it's premature to dismiss it off-hand.

Frankly, I did not expect that such a neutral, reasonable position would draw so much fire from the usual almost feel like a concerted effort. Almost.

Anyway, thanks for the comment. The only place where I might disagree is when you say "But instead they sue." The fact that they're suing doesn't necessarily mean they don't plan on improving GDS. There's no reason they shouldn't do both, if they do feel like they have a case *and* want to offer a better product.

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