Google Exec Raises Microsoft Antitrust Issue

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Google and Microsoft have crossed swords yet again, this time over Vista. Amidst antitrust murmurings, a Google executive urged the Redmond-based company to allow users a choice in Internet search engine. Microsoft responded in an agreeable, if vague, manner.

David C. Drummond, Google’s senior vice president of corporate development, initiated the exchange. “It’s been our view that any new version of Microsoft products that include search, that that be done in a way that preserves user choice for search and other applications,” he said, as reported by the Associated Press.

Microsoft issued a statement in reply. “Keeping the industry and regulators informed of our product development plans has been, and will remain, a priority,” the company claimed, according to CNET’s Dawn Kawamoto. “We have worked hard to include partners and competitors in our planning, so they can build products and services that work with Windows Vista.”

There are some companies who might disagree with that assertion, though, including Symantec and McAfee. The European Commission might object, as well – it has fined Microsoft hundreds of millions of dollars for past antitrust violations.

Microsoft seems to making a serious effort to reform. An Associated Press report stated that “Microsoft said it had changed Vista in several key sectors – including its search service – in an attempt to soothe European antitrust worries.” That move may satisfy Google, as well, although Drummond said it was “too early to tell.”

In other Microsoft- and Google-related news, only one of the two companies – take a guess which – appears to be celebrating Halloween.


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