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MS & Google continue anti-trust feud

MS & Google continue anti-trust feud

Google claims that Vista's desktop search feature is anti-competitive. Hurrah.

Things have been quiet on Microsoft’s anti-trust case for a while now, but that looks like it is about to change after Google filed a complaint with the Department of Justice.

The complaint, which has been on-going since before the launch of Windows Vista, claims that the desktop search feature in Microsoft’s new operating system discourages end users from using competing solutions, like Google Desktop.

Google also believes that the feature violates the terms of the software giant’s landmark 2001 anti-trust settlement with the US government. In this settlement, Microsoft agreed not to use its commanding position in the operating system market to promote other products.

"Microsoft's current approach with Vista desktop search violates the consent decree and limits consumer choice," said Ricardo Reyes, a spokesman for Google.

Microsoft is yet to see Google’s 49-page complaint, but the company has stated that its desktop search feature in Windows Vista is designed to help users to quickly find files on their computer and doesn’t block competitive products. Lawyers representing Microsoft then went onto say that it went out of its way to make sure that the Vista search feature wasn’t linked to its own online search functions.

Whatever the case, this just seems ridiculous – I personally want an effective desktop search feature that’s embedded into my operating system because I prefer not to have lots of third-party software installed. Share your thoughts on the feud in the forums.

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<A88> 18th June 2007, 13:07 Quote
Get a grip Google. It's an integrated feature, they're not promoting other products as it's fixed to Vista. Do they really have much to worry about in terms of search engine market share anyway? Live is losing money and Google's still top by a mile. Fact is, Google are doing this because they know how much Microsoft dislike them, not because they really care about Live.

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DXR_13KE 18th June 2007, 15:19 Quote
this is stupid.... i prefer the integrated search, it is one of the few features i like on vista
Nikumba 18th June 2007, 16:12 Quote
While i never used the google desktop search in XP, with it in stalled when you pressed F3 or Windows+F did you get the XP search come up or the google search come up?
Bluephoenix 18th June 2007, 16:27 Quote
I wonder what happened to google. "don't be evil" obviously went out the window. :(
completemadness 18th June 2007, 16:53 Quote
well i can kind of see where their coming from, personally i would like a seamless app, something that doesn't create yet another exe, but where companies can integrate their features into windows

However, what about IE, i mean if your complaining that this search is anti-competitive, surely IE has to be one of the most uncompetitive products around, plus you cant actually get rid of it or stop it due to its heavy integration into windows
bilbothebaggins 18th June 2007, 21:01 Quote
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Whatever the case, this just seems ridiculous – I personally want an effective desktop search feature that’s embedded into my operating system because I prefer not to have lots of third-party software installed.
Well. That's the problem isn't it? We all want effective [insert feature here] embedded. At the same time we want choice. I do not think this is possible with Windows. Any (good/effective) feature embedded will prevent us from having choice by destroying the user-base. :(

cheers,
-btb-
Tim S 18th June 2007, 21:19 Quote
it is a problem, yes... Windows search was awful before Vista though - it's one of those features that never used to make extensive use of before I started using Vista.
completemadness 19th June 2007, 00:39 Quote
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it is a problem, yes... Windows search was awful before Vista though - it's one of those features that never used to make extensive use of before I started using Vista though.
and in XP everyone who didn't know where their stuff was, would have to get some bloated desktop search program

surely they could make Windows as more of a framework, and companies can snap in the extras that they want, replacing the standard MS ones, no-antitrust suits, everyone is happy
bilbothebaggins 19th June 2007, 16:14 Quote
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surely they could make Windows as more of a framework, and companies can snap in the extras that they want, replacing the standard MS ones, no-antitrust suits, everyone is happy
Exactly. They could. And as long as they don't do: sue 'em, sue 'em, sue 'em ... :D
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