Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Vista to change to allow Google desktop search

updated 10:45 am EDT, Wed June 20, 2007

Vista Allows Google Search

Windows Vista's next major update will let users choose a service other than Microsoft's for system-wide searches, Microsoft and the US Justice Department announced today. Responding to accusations by Google that Vista's Instant Search actively interferes with other search tools, the Redmond software developer says that Service Pack 1 for the OS will let users choose which search is the default. Links inside the Start menu and Internet Explorer will also make it easier to launch a third-party search without other companies modifying the interface themselves. The move is a "step in the right direction," Google chief legal officer David Drummond says, but should be improved to ease access to rival tools even further.

Microsoft's decision enforces a 2002 antitrust consent decree, which had been imposed to stop Microsoft from deliberately excluding outside utilities (such as Netscape's web browser) in Windows. Google in particular said that while its Desktop Search tool would run, the inability to disable Microsoft's search and a lack of customization meant that Desktop Search would slow down dramatically, making it impractical to use. Developers also can't integrate the search tool into Windows itself with the current implementation, Google says.

Although Microsoft has previously complained that the demand for a software change had no connection to the antitrust case, its test version of Service Pack 1 should arrive late this year with the change in place. A final version of the Windows update should be available early next year.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Cat B100

Cat is primarily known for its heavy-duty machinery used in the construction industry and farming, among other areas. What may not be ...

Linksys EA6900 AC Router

As 802.11ac networking begins to makes its way into more and more devices, you may find yourself considering an upgrade for your home ...

D-Link DIR-510L 802.11AC travel router

Having Internet access in hotels and other similar locations used to be a miasma of connectivity issues. If Wi-Fi was available, it wa ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News