Microsoft To Change Desktop Search In Vista Over Google Antitrust Claim
Microsoft to change Vista after Google complaint from Reuters reports that Microsoft has agreed to make changes to their Vista desktop search application to make it easier for people to change the default search provider.
Microsoft will make the changes in reaction to a Google antitrust complaint lodged with the US Justice Department. Google claimed that the manner in which desktop search was built in to Vista put competitors at an unfair disadvantage. Microsoft said they will change it so that it would make it easier for people to select their own desktop search default. In addition, Microsoft said they would make it easier for third-party developers to optimize their desktop search tools for Vista.
David Drummond, Google’s chief legal officer, said:
These remedies are a step in the right direction, but they should be improved further to give consumers greater access to alternate desktop search providers.
We are pleased that as a result of Google’s request that the consent decree be enforced, the Department of Justice and state Attorneys General have required Microsoft to make changes to Vista.
Microsoft had called Google’s claims “baseless.” Meanwhile, Google has a deal with Dell to be the default desktop search client on those computers. Danny has pointed out the irony in that: said, “Google is all for consumer choice, except where it can buy that option away from the consumers by partnering with vendors.”
Further reports at Techmeme.