Google has angrily claimed that Microsoft has not gone far enough with its changes to Vista, saying that contrary to media speculation, the update will not allow users to change the default search engine.
Arstechnica reports that: “In response, Google said yesterday that the remedies don’t go far enough. Google chief legal officer David Drummond said in a statement, “We are pleased that as a result of Google’s request that the consent decree be enforced, the Department of Justice and state attorneys general have required Microsoft to make changes to Vista.”
Nevertheless, Drummond said that “Microsoft’s current approach to Vista desktop search clearly violates the consent decree and limits consumer choice,” and the proposed remedies “are a step in the right direction, but they should be improved further to give consumers greater access to alternate desktop search providers.”
Many Vista users have reacted angrily to Google’s actions suggesting that it is being unreasonable about what many now see as an integral part of Vista as an OS, in a similar way to how Spotlight is seen on Apple OS.