Google joins the “let’s sue Microsoft!” party!
At first, when I saw the headline, I couldn’t quite grasp what business a search provider could have with suing a client/operating system maker. Last I checked, Google kicked LiveSearch’s butt. Well, it appears it has to do with their Desktop Search application.
Google’s allegations are under review by the Justice Department and state attorneys general who were parties to a consent decree that resolved the US government’s antitrust case against Microsoft in 2002.
Microsoft rejected Google’s allegation that the Vista desktop search violates the settlement.
“We don’t believe that this feature is covered by the consent decree or that it raises any antitrust issues,” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, was quoted as saying.
A report on the latest allegations to the Washington federal court overseeing the case is due later this month and the judge, Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, “has shown frustration over Microsoft’s compliance with the settlement,” the Journal noted.
Now, I have to admit. In Vista, I have the “instant” search turned off and use the search bar primarly as a run bar (you can type cmd, regedit, iexplore, outlook, whatever and it runs… neat stuff). I don’t (often) misplace my files as they’re on file servers… and I don’t really store anything on my local machine, even my email, which I use Google Mail (gmail) for—I have no need to constantly parse my hard drives for files.
But, if I WANT to, I could simply disable it using the Control Panel and install Google’s. What’s so “blocking” about that? Did I miss something or what? When I install Vista, does it ask me if I want to install, feature-by-feature, every aspect of the operating system from a 3rd party? Nope… thank God. But, if I’m smart enough (read: an elementary school kid’s level of computer savvy), I can install those features I’m looking for if I’m not pleased with Microsoft’s version.
What’s next? Are we going to sue Microsoft because we want to replace the Spell Check tool in Office and there isn’t an easy way to do it?