Google complains to DOJ about Vista search

Google complains to DOJ about Vista search
Google has complained to federal antitrust officials that the search tool in Microsoft’s Windows Vista discourages customers from using its own search utility, the company confirmed Sunday. On Sunday, Google spokesman Ricardo Reyes confirmed the charge. “Microsoft’s current approach with Vista desktop search violates its agreement with the government and hurts consumers.” he said in an e-mail to Computerworld. “The search boxes built throughout Vista are hard-wired to Microsoft’s own desktop search product, with no way for users to choose an alternate provider from these visible search access points. Likewise, Vista makes it impractical to turn off Microsoft’s search index.” see:
Memo Hints DoJ Favored Microsoft Over Google
A memo apparently written by a key antitrust enforcement official in the U.S. Justice Department is raising suspicions that the Bush Administration unduly favored Microsoft’s positions. Issued by Assistant Attorney General Thomas O. Barnett, a former antitrust partner at Covington & Burlington, the memo reportedly urges state attorneys general not to pursue a confidential complaint levied by Google. The search engine giant has accused Microsoft of designing its Vista operating system to discourage the use of desktop search engines.

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