A timely and provocative perspective; start with page 1 of the article
So what is really going on, if Google is not interested in operating systems (much better money in search)? The real game is to blur all boundaries between desktop search and Internet search, so as to use Google's existing market power to maximum leverage. If this twists the Microsoft consent order away from its proper focus, and turns it into a device for suppressing competition in search by preventing Microsoft from developing a superior desktop product, which it then expands into search, that is a bonus.
An ironist might call this monopoly maintenance by Google. Perhaps antitrust fans can anticipate a U.S. v. Google, in which Exhibit 1 will be the intervention brief.