Microsoft, Google Lay Down Swords

Law360, New York (June 20, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In response to an antitrust complaint lodged with the U.S. Department of Justice by Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. reached an agreement Tuesday with the DOJ over the desktop search feature in its new Vista operating system.

The DOJ said its settlement with the tech heavyweight will protect users' free choice, and will clear Microsoft from charges that the search feature, dubbed “Instant Search” in its promotional materials, violates the terms of the company's 2002 antitrust settlement with the DOJ.

The deal, made with the help of...
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