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Google joins Microsoft's mixed bag

It certainly has not been all roses and glory at Microsoft and Google this week.

Last week's weekly roundup was entitled "A mixed bag of Microsoft announcements" and that theme has continued into this week.

We are starting to see the fruit of the agreements Microsoft has previously signed. A joint virtualisation lab between Microsoft and Novell was announced this week, however the size of this lab will only be a grand total of ten. Sun have put their free software image aside for the moment this week with the declaration that within 90 days Sun will offer Windows on its x64 system.

Uncle Bill's big software company from Redmond still can't seem to shake antitrust matters. Plans for changes to Vista's desktop search were outlined this week by Microsoft which will appear with the first service pack for Vista. A Microsoft representative said in an email that with the changes "[users] can now get to their preferred search results from additional entry points in the Start Menu and Explorer Windows in Windows Vista with SP1".

The changes to Vista's search were made in reponse to concerns from Google, who as well as being involved in a war of words with Microsoft, also found themselves in front of a Sydney court answering to claims that they have been selling the top positions in search results to commercial partners.

It certainly has not been all roses and glory at Microsoft and Google this week.

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