Jun 20, 2007 114 reads by Navneet Kaushal

Seattle pi reports that Microsoft will alter Windows Vista based on Google's complaint that Windows Vista's's desktop search “functionality puts competitors at a disadvantage”.

also reports the news in an article called "Antitrust gripes prompt Vista changes-source" which states, " In a complaint filed with the Justice Department in December, Google said a feature built into Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system that allows users to search a computer's hard drive did not leave room for competition from other desktop search applications. Google contends that feature violates the consent decree that monitors Microsoft's conduct as part of its settlement with the U.S. government in its landmark antitrust case against the company."

The Status report says:

"First, Microsoft will create a mechanism for end users and OEMs to select a default program to handle desktop search. ISVs will be able to register their desktop search products for this default, in the same way that ISVs can register third-party web browsers and media players as the default in Windows today. Second, the default desktop search program will be launched whenever Windows launches a new top-level window to provide search results. This will include an existing location on the Start menu that a user can select to display additional search results in a new window. Windows Vista also includes search boxes located in the upper-right hand corner of various windows in the operating system, such as all the windows used to explore the files on the computer — often called "Explorer" windows — and the Control Panel. In these windows, when the user enters a query Vista will continue to display the search results using the internal Vista desktop search functionality. Microsoft has agreed, however, to add a link that, if clicked, will launch the default desktop search program and display search results from that program. Third, Microsoft will inform ISVs, OEMs, and end users that the desktop search index in Vista is designed to run in the background and cede precedence over computing resources to any other software product, including third-party desktop search products and their respective search indices. Microsoft will emphasize that there is no technical reason why OEMs and end users cannot, if they choose to, install additional desktop search products on their system, even if those products maintain separate indices from that operated by Windows. products maintain separate indices from that operated by Windows. In addition, Microsoft will provide technical information that will enable other desktop search companies also to design their products to optimize their priorities on the computer and minimize any impact on performance. Microsoft will deliver the required changes in Service Pack 1 of Windows Vista, which Microsoft currently anticipates will be available in beta form by the end of the year."

The news has caused a lot of spite against the Google corporate, with users like Jon saying, “It does seem a little unfair that Microsoft is not able to include desktop search in its OS but Apple does (and I suppose every flavor of Linux). I find these endless restrictions to be a little worrisome… you may not like Microsoft, but put yourself in the position of product manager for Windows. Your focus can no longer be on creating the best product for consumers… anything of real value you put in the OS will immediately be challenged in court. And then, when it comes out, the world complains that there’s ‘nothing new in Vista’.”

The news is especially unfair sounding as Google was the search engine used in Internet Explorer version 7.

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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