Google’s attempt to be added to the list of plaintiffs in the Microsoft antitrust trial was ignored by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly yesterday.
“Google is not a plaintiff in this case,” the judge stated.
The federal government, 17 states and the District of Columbia are involved in the case. As major portions of the landmark 2001 antitrust settlement are due to expire in November, Kollar-Kotelly suggested the judicial oversight of Microsoft be extended.
Google tried to join the case Monday, in order to further press its complaint about the desktop-search feature built into Windows Vista – though Microsoft – a week earlier – had committed to make changes that would allow users to set similar products from Google and other competitors as their default choice.