Skip to main content

Microsoft vs. Google - which is the bigger peeping Tom?

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Google, the company that's trying to catalog every word that's ever been bound, reads your email to provide advertisements and doesn't have a problem with displaying the street-level view picture of 44th and 8th just as you were walking into Peep World to ask directions (what are the odds!) on its site, draws the line at an operating system's ability to scan your hard drive.
Google wrote a 50-page antitrust love letter to the Justice Department outlining how Windows Vista looks at all the porn on your computer through its desktop search feature. Google also has some problems with Vista's destroy Google "integrated search" customization and the indexing of desktop files. Google's specific complaints, from the Wall Street Journal:

In its April white paper, Google alleged that Microsoft didn't allow search bars in Vista that consumers can use to initiate searches to work with desktop-search software other than Microsoft's, said lawyers familiar with the matter. In addition, Google argued it was practically impossible for consumers to turn off the indexing feature of Microsoft desktop-search software that catalogs users' files, which meant a computer's performance was slowed down if it used a second desktop-search application.

Google has a long history of getting bored enough to try and cause some legal troubles for Microsoft, usually by taking the antitrust angle. Last year Google claimed that Microsoft was pushing its web search feature by using its influence in the over the browser software market to the detriment of competitors. Microsoft doesn't plan to do anything about any of this, as Google continues to plan "the invasion" phase of its business plan.
Google Intensifies Microsoft Fight [Wall Street Journal]