Here’s a quick chronology:
- Under the auspices of installing Live Photo Gallery, Microsoft installs their Desktop Search product on XP systems, without asking for user permission or even bothering to notify users. (for details, see previous posts listed below)
- User uproar follows
- Microsoft updates their Photo Live Gallery, and it no longer requires Windows Desktop Search.
Naive me, I welcome this as proof that Microsoft Listens, after all.
“The admins at my place were in a flap this morning because Windows Desktop Search 3.01 had suddenly started installing itself on desktops throughout the company,” a Reg reader by the name of Rob informs us. “The trouble is that once installed, the indexer kicks in and slows the machines down.”
“I’m slightly pissed of [sic] at M$ right now,” an admin in charge of 3,000 PCs wrote in a comment to the first aforementioned link. “All the clients have slowed to a crawl, and the file servers are having problems with the load.”
Mea Culpa for my naivety. The Borg does not change.
My previous stories on the invasion (and more):
- Windows Live Installs More than it Tells You
- The Ongoing Windows Desktop Search Controversy
- You Think You Own Your Computer? Think Twice. Microsoft Shows Who’s Boss.