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June 20, 2007

Microsoft To Change Vista Desktop Search To Accomodate Google

Microsoft will take two moves to settle Google's complaint about the desktop search function in Vista.  Microsoft will allow users to select a desktop search application much as it now lets them select a default browser or media player.  The company will share code with Google to make their desktop search work more efficiently with Vista.

Google had complained that Microsoft's desktop search feature could not be turned off and that it slowed down Google's product.  The Justice Department had backed Microsoft in the dispute while various state attorneys general considered raising the issue in the court overseeing Microsoft's antitrust compliance.  Google welcomed the change, which should be coming in a Vista service pack scheduled for beta testing by the end of the year.

Stories are in the Los Angeles Times, PC World, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and the San Jose Mercury News.

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