Google has accused Microsoft of designing its latest operating system, Vista, to discourage the use of Google’s desktop search program.As much as I like Google Desktop Search, I have a bit of a hard time seeing Google's point of view on this one.
Google complained ... that consumers who try to use its search tool for computer hard drives on Vista were frustrated because Vista has a competing desktop search program that cannot be turned off.
Google said that Vista violated Microsoft's 2002 antitrust settlement, which prohibits Microsoft from designing operating systems that limit the choices of consumers.
The opportunity for desktop search only existed because the Microsoft WinXP file search has been bizarrely and pitifully slow.
This seems like a bug. Searching the file system is functionality that is core to an operating system, but Microsoft botched the job of doing it well in WinXP.
In Vista, Microsoft corrected the bug. Desktop search works just fine on newer systems. So, the opportunity for desktop search apps now has evaporated.
See also Todd Bishop's discussion of the same article in his post, "Google revealed as source of Windows Vista complaint".
See also my Nov 2006 post, "Is desktop search over?", and my Mar 2005 post, "Desktop search should not exist".
Update: Looks like Microsoft is not going to pick a fight on this one. Ten days later, Joe Wilcox writes that "Microsoft will modify Vista search".