Thursday, June 14, 2007

Google poke a stick at Microsoft's antitrust scars

A new front is opening in the Microsoft - Google wars. The Washington Post reported on Tuesday:

"Allegations by Google that Microsoft's new operating system unfairly disadvantages competitors has revived antitrust accusations against Microsoft and opened a front in a bitter war between the two technology giants.

The complaint, which Google raised confidentially late last year, will probably be reviewed later this month by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who is overseeing Microsoft's compliance with a 2002 consent decree."

Vista's got all kinds of nasty controlware built into it and it was fairly natural business move that Microsoft would use it to chip away at Google in the search arena; though I suspect the Redmond lawyers were well prepared for the search giant's legal attack dogs. It should be a fascinating one to watch - any bets on which party ends up looking like the kettle and which the pot?

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