Microsoft Agrees To Modify Windows Vista Desktop Search – Google Had Contended Feature Violated Anti-Trust Agreement

Microsoft Agrees To Modify Windows Vista Desktop Search – Google Had Contended Feature Violated Anti-Trust Agreement

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(Best Syndication) After complaints from competitors Microsoft agreed to make changes in the desktop search feature imbedded in their new Vista operating system. The details of the modification have not been released yet, but the U.S. Justice Department and Microsoft are expected to provide details of the proposed changes in a joint report filed in federal court later Tuesday.

A desktop search allows users to search their hard drives. Reuters reports that Google filed a complaint with the Justice Department in December saying that the feature did not leave room for competition from other desktop search applications.

Back in June the New York Times reported that some government officials were alarmed by Google's complaint. The report said that the Justice Department's antitrust chief had backed Microsoft and urged them to reject Google's complaint.

Google contended that the Desktop Search feature violated a consent decree that monitors Microsoft's conduct as part of its settlement with the U.S. government in its landmark antitrust case.

But in the end Microsoft decided to modify their new operating system. The company said that they believe they had not run afoul of the antitrust settlement.

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By John Waters
Best Syndication News Business Writer

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