It looks like the legal tiff between Google and Microsoft is set to hang around for awhile. At issue is Google's claim that Vista's design prevents its own desktop search software from effectively functioning. In response to the allegation, Microsoft rushed out a fix, which seemed to put the issue to rest. But Google is apparently unsatisfied, and has asked the government to maintain regulatory oversight of Microsoft, per the company's antitrust settlement in 2002. Such oversight had been set to be lifted in November of this year. Without knowing the technical aspects of the issue, it's difficult to say which side is in the right on this one. But from Google's standpoint, there's no downside in keeping the heat on on its rival. So unless there's some overriding reason why Google wouldn't want to needle Microsoft, it's safe to assume that the government (and the taxpayers) will continue to be used as a weapon of competition. Of course, Google still needs to be careful about what it wishes for, since one day it could be haunted by any expansion of antitrust laws.
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