Google, Complain To DOJ About Microsoft

    June 26, 2007
    WebProNews Staff

Google’s request for extensions of some of Microsoft’s antitrust consent decree received naught but an icy rejection from the bench.

If Google wants Microsoft held under federal oversight beyond November of this year, when much of Microsoft’s consent decree expires, Google will have to appeal to federal and state prosecutors.

A Reuters report cited U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly’s response about Google’s request:

“I do rely on the plaintiffs as the representative of consumers,” the judge said, referring to the government.

Google had hoped to pin Microsoft under federal oversight for as long as it takes for Microsoft to deliver an update to the Vista operating system. Microsoft agreed to change parts of Vista related to its Instant Search feature.

Google complained that the inclusion of Instant Search limited consumer choice of desktop search products, like its own Google Desktop. Though it had appeared the two companies reached an agreement last week that settled this complaint, Google returned to court to fret about the expiration of Microsoft’s consent decree.

Microsoft has since promised that the fixes it agreed to make available in a service pack for Vista would be delivered by November 12 of this year.