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Microsoft Search Compromise Could Hinder Innovation

Tanya Goodin
Tanya Goodin
4 July 2007

Microsoft has agreed to change the way its Windows Vista operating
system handles desktop search queries to answer a confidential
antitrust complaint filed by Google. Google had complained to the
Justice Department, that Windows Vista’s desktop search is
anti-competitive because it is difficult to disable and, when Vista’s
search runs in tandem with Google’s desktop search product, Google’s
product slows to a crawl.

Microsoft says it will change the way Vista’s search product behaves
when it releases the first service pack for the operating system, a
beta of which the document says is due out before the end of 2007, just
as they can with Web browsers, media players and security. The company
will allow users to select a default search program ability of
Microsoft’s Vista search to search from within the Start Menu.

Google, though happy to see its issues addressed, is still unsatisfied.
"Microsoft’s current approach to Vista desktop search clearly violates
the consent decree and limits consumer choice," said David Drummond,
senior VP and chief legal officer at Google.

James says:

‘This is an important victory for Google against one of their biggest rivals.’



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