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"The search boxes built throughout Vista are hard-wired to Microsoft's own desktop search product, with no way for users to choose an alternate provider from these visible search access points. Likewise, Vista makes it impractical to turn off Microsoft's search index."
- Google spokesman Ricardo Reyes

- Shortly after Vista was released to consumers at the end of January, Apple revealed that there were compatibility issues between its iTunes player and Microsoft's OS. More recently, Adobe said it won't put in the work to make its current line of publishing products (i.e. PhotoShop, Dreamweaver) compatible with Vista. In fact, there are more applications that don't support Vista, than do.

Microsoft agreed to modify Windows Vista's default search options with the operating system's first Service Pack. 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.

- After software giant Microsoft complained about search kingpin Google's planned $3.1 billion purchase of online advertising company DoubleClick, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission opened a probe last month.

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