Last week, the question was, "Can Google Force Microsoft to Make More Changes to Vista?"
This week, the answer is, "yes."
After calling Google's complaints about the anti-competitive nature of the desktop search function in Windows Vista "baseless," Microsoft has now agreed that it will make changes to the feature in Service Pack 1, due by the end of the year, says InformationWeek.
To make it easier for users to choose another desktop search program, links to third-party choices will be included for selection as the default search. Either the hardware manufacturer or the end user could make a change to the default setting. But there's still much more room for change, and Google knows it. The Vista desktop search will still be used in certain programs, even if the default is changed to Google or another option. Todd Bishop, blogging at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, says that Google has already pounced on the potential for that to be changed, as well.
Meanwhile, on the political side, California Attorney General Jerry Brown is positioning himself as the champion of this concession, apparently forgetting that 16 other states and the Department of Justice (plus the court of public opinion) were involved in this initial proposal, which seems likely to undergo many changes before the end of 2007.
The next hearing on Microsoft's compliance with its 2002 anti-trust order will be held on June 26. Let the games continue.