Microsoft Fixes Vista To Stave Off Antitrust Complaint

from the after-all-these-years dept

Last week, word emerged that Google was pushing for antitrust action against Microsoft, based on its contention that Vista was designed in such a way so as to degrade the performance of Google’s desktop search tool. Based on Microsoft’s previous legal settlements, anything that limits the functionality of third-party software on Windows is pretty much considered a no-no. But it looks like the crisis has been nipped in the bud, as Microsoft has said it will alter Vista to remove these performance issues, thus ending any legal actions against the company. It’s not entirely clear whether the original problem was intentional or not on Microsoft’s part, but the fact that the company has fixed it so quickly, would suggest some culpability. And so, even as its grip on the market declines, it’s fairly clear why Microsoft’s brand continues to be tainted and viewed suspiciously.


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Nate says:

“It’s not entirely clear whether the original problem was intentional or not on Microsoft’s part, but the fact that the company has fixed it so quickly, would suggest some culpability.”

Or it could easily have been that someone said, “Ah ha! This is probably what’s causing it.” And fixed it. But then the above quote wouldn’t be as easy to write…

I find it much easier to believe my scenario than that a group of executives sat in a room and said, “How can we mess up an application that nobody in their right mind would be installing anyway?”

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

“It’s not entirely clear whether the original problem was intentional or not on Microsoft’s part, but the fact that the company has fixed it so quickly, would suggest some culpability.”

Or it could easily have been that someone said, “Ah ha! This is probably what’s causing it.” And fixed it. But then the above quote wouldn’t be as easy to write…

I find it much easier to believe my scenario than that a group of executives sat in a room and said, “How can we mess up an application that nobody in their right mind would be installing anyway?”

Companies rarely have meetings for such things. Generally they pass down a vague memo like “do not expend effort to assist product x’s compatibility” or some such thing. The memo may not say much, but the intent is generally taken pretty clearly.

No one of consequence says:

Re: Google desktop

just want to point out that there are instances where Google desktop, in cahoots w/ software producers, is a good application.
I know what you’re saying- I don’t use it on my personal computers- but @ work, it’s pretty handy in apps like Quickbooks, for example.
Everything has it’s place, and I use Vista @ work w/ Intuit products.
In short, bugs suck

Jacemg says:

Re: Re: Windows 64

AVG seems to do fine for me the last 2 years.. I also do IT support and let me just say- ‘IT’ must be the dumbest most over-used term adopted by every worker @ ‘Super Joe’s Computer Shop’ type places. If you don’t directly support the Information Technology Dept. of your business/Clients then plz drop the ‘IT’ title it gets old.

Luke says:

Google Desktop

What kind of idgit wouldn’t install Google desktop?

I don’t see how having the content of your desktop indexed is a bad idea. I do have the report to Google option turned off, but searching my desktop via Google is much better than M-soft’s. Plus, I’ve got a crapload of code, various work/school documents, etc. that I know where they are, but not if that particular document contains the needed piece of information.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Google Desktop

…because Vista already has this ability built-in to it. So by replacing a system function that works just fine, with a limited (less-functional) version made by a 3rd-party vender…. well, you get the point. Vista’s search is quite robust and detailed – Google’s is outdated, and based on XP’s system.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Haha..

Do you know anything about software? Its often hard work making your software work optimally and play nicely with other stuff. And it is often not worth the effort. So google complained, and microsoft ripped something out which was probably good for their software but interacted badly with google, just because google brought that much weight to bear and MS wanted them off their back.

You can fix all sorts of problems easily by ripping out some code, and there is a lot of behind-the-scenes code in windows for them to rip out.

SailorRipley says:

Re: Re: Re: Haha..

yet in pretty much all other instances, when M$ needs to fix a problem, M$ seems to need sooo much more time to “rip out some code”.

Even if M$ in this particular instance actually did not cause the issue intentionally AND got lucky by finding a fix so quickly, you can’t ignore the reason why people are so quick to suspect culpability…

M$ is not above those kind of tricks, and has used pretty much every dirty trick in the(ir) book over and over again…

you don’t get that reputation lightly, and there’s nothing Apple/Linux fan boy-ish about being suspicious…after all, the best indicator for future behavior is past behavior…which means that in M$s case it will be quite some time before we don’t instinctively become suspicious

Jake Lockley says:

So when are calculator manufacturers going to lash out at Apple and MS for undercutting their business? Such BS. The new search functionality of MS’s is great and was a welcome upgrade to the old search. Google desktop is just spyware. They can spy on the internet through all their acquisitions, keep them off my desktop, the ad-serving bastards.

USE YOUR HOSTS FILE!

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