Feeds

Google calls for greater Windows Vista openness

Friends in government

Security for virtualized datacentres

Google has welcomed Microsoft's proposed modifications to Windows Vista which make it easier for third parties to conduct desktop to third-parties' search. But it says its rival must go further.

The internet's number-one search engine and aspiring Microsoft productivity challenger, has reportedly called for unrestricted search access to the desktop and for Microsoft to simplify the steps users take to disable Windows Vista's search.

Seattle PI has quoted David Drummond, Google's chief legal officer, saying: "These remedies are a step in the right direction, but they should be improved further to give consumers greater access to alternate desktop search providers."

Drummond was speaking after Microsoft agreed to modify Windows Vista's default search options with the operating system's first Service Pack, due later this year. The changes follow Google complaint to the US Department of Justice that Windows Vista's search violates the terms of Microsoft's anti-trust agreement with the US government and prosecuting states intended to close the company's long-running browser court case.

Despite the changes, revealed as part of the US government's six-monthly status update on Microsoft's compliance with the settlement, it's unclear just how much of the Windows Vista desktop Microsoft is opening up.

While Microsoft will "create a mechanism" allowing OEMs and users to register their own default search over Windows Vista's own search, some areas will remain off limits. According to the Joint Status Report on Microsoft's Compliance with the Final Judgments searches conducted using Explorer Windows and the Control Panel "will continue to display the search results using the internal Vista desktop search functionality."

However, Microsoft has agreed to "add a link that if clicked will launch the default desktop search program and display search results from that program," the report notes.

Otherwise, the default desktop search program will be launched whenever Windows launches a new, top-level window to provide search results. "This will include an existing location on the Start menu that a user can select to display additional search results in a new window," the report says.

The DoJ has put the onus on Microsoft to provide technical information to help other desktop search providers build products for the Windows Vista desktop that work without encountering the kinds of performance problems that might deter usage.

Full text of the government's joint status report is available here. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY
'Nerd release' finally staggers past 50 per cent adoption
Microsoft to bake Skype into IE, without plugins
Redmond thinks the Object Real-Time Communications API for WebRTC is ready to roll
Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all
Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS
Mozilla: Spidermonkey ATE Apple's JavaScriptCore, THRASHED Google V8
Moz man claims the win on rivals' own benchmarks
Yes, Virginia, there IS a W3C HTML5 standard – as of now, that is
You asked for it! You begged for it! Then you gave up! And now it's HERE!
FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on
Next driver to battle fake chips with 'non-invasive' methods
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
Ubuntu 14.10 tries pulling a Steve Ballmer on cloudy offerings
Oi, Windows, centOS and openSUSE – behave, we're all friends here
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.