Can Vista's search poke a hole in Google's armor?

Summary:A Global Equities research analyst said this week that he found "many Vista owners that once used Google's desktop search feature have switched to Microsoft's" desktop search which is built into Windows Vista.

One analyst's survey doesn't make a trend. But a Global Equities research analyst said this week that he found "many Vista owners that once used Google's desktop search feature have switched to Microsoft's" desktop search which is built into Windows Vista.

According to MarketWatch, Analyst Trip Chowdhry said "consumers we spoke with like Vista's search."

I wonder if these consumers were pitting Google's Desktop Search vs. Vista's desktop search, or if they were simply commenting on Vista's desktop search vs. Google's Web search. (I also wonder where analyst Chowdhry found his survey sample.)

I don't think Google is invincible; far from it. But I'd bet even Microsoft's own search experts might be surprised by this early data.

Topics: Browser

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Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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