Posted June 20, 2007 11:24 am by with 6 comments

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Microsoft has proved the value in the saying “easier to ask for forgiveness than permission,” when it comes to Vista. After Google complained to the Justice Department that Vista unfairly made it difficult to use a desktop search tool other than Microsoft’s own “Instant Search”, the company has acquiesced and agreed to make changes when it releases Vista Service Pack 1.

So, we can all thank Google for delaying the release of Vista SP 1. Why? If you were Microsoft, would you be in a hurry to change Vista from its default Microsoft offering? We’ll likely not see SP 1 until the end of the year, giving MSFT almost 12 months to switch computer users over to Instant Search.

It’s a crafty move and proves there’s value in simply seeing what you can get away with.

  • I know many are wondering how Microsoft wouldn’t see this coming, but I think they knew exactly what would happen and since they’ve mentioned SP1 will be out later in the year they do get to use that OS monopoly to convert users to their search for nearly a year.

    We should probably expect to see Microsoft using this strategy in the future. A year of capitalizing on their market share is better than no time at all.

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  • I doubt SP1 will be very important anyways. It obviously will be nice to get a few fixes and some other things but I remember the mention that it will be more like SP1 for XP which was more along the lines of minor bug fixes and a few house cleaning things instead of the OS overhaul that SP2 was. I believe the big change and what will sway people into Vista from XP will be when SP2 comes out in the not so near future. I don’t see this delay as anything significant.

  • Deja Vu!!! I so enjoy having to “click to activate this control” every time a flash control is in IE…Same deal..use the technology..get sued..fix it (sort of) in a sp way down the road.

  • Given the number of people and organizations waiting, or saying they are waiting for SP1 before switching to Vista I doubt making Google wait for the changes is as important as getting SP1 out as fast as possible.

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