The New York Times is providing a more detailed glimpse into the settlement between Microsoft and Google regarding Vista’s desktop search.
For one thing, we now know the sources to the original Reuters story were in fact the lawyers involved in the case. We also now know that the changes involved to Vista include the ability to let Vista users “decide which desktop search program they want to use” and that “selecting software from Google or some other company would no longer slow down the computer as it does now”:
- The settlement, reached in recent days by state prosecutors, the Justice Department and Microsoft, averted the prospect of litigation over a complaint by Google that Vista had been designed to frustrate computer users who want to use software other than Microsoft’s to search through files on their hard drives.
- Lawyers involved in the proceeding said the changes to Vista would allow consumers to decide which desktop search program they want to use, and that selecting software from Google or some other company would no longer slow down the computer as it does now. They said that as part of the settlement, Microsoft would let Vista users know how to change their desktop search program. But the settlement would not require Microsoft to make all the changes that Google had sought.
- C|net is now reporting that the changes to Vista’s search features will be made available as part of the first service pack to Windows Vista. Furthemore, in the filing with the DOJ, Microsoft noted that the beta (not final) version of the of the first service pack for Vista is expected by the end of the year.
- The full 27-page status report is now available as a PDF via the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
- A Microsoft corporate spokesman, contacting the media via e-mail on Tuesday night, summarized the Vista search changes Microsoft is planning to make as follows: (via All About Microsoft)
- Defaults: Computer manufacturers and consumers will be able to select a default desktop search program similar to the way they currently select defaults for third-party web browsers and media players in Windows Vista.
- Easy Links: Links to the default desktop search program will be provided on the Start menu and in Windows Explorer windows.
- Developer guidance: Microsoft will provide information to developers of third-party desktop search programs about how they can optimize their programs to minimize any performance problems.
- The page 24 of status report further confirming that Microsoft does still have plans to ship a full XP SP3 release:
Changes for Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player will be made available to users in August 2007 and Microsoft is discussing with the TC the delivery mechanism for those changes. The Windows XP changes will be incorporated into Service Pack 3 for Windows XP. The changes to the code will be available for review by the TC this summer. The changes made available to the TC for its review will remain in the final release of Service Pack 3 for Windows XP.
Microsoft, Windows XP, Sevice Pack 3, SP3, Windows Vista, Vista SP1