Microsoft’s Desktop Search Released To Keep Up With Competition
Microsoft has officially launched its desktop search product designed to allow users to seamlessly find documents and files on their hard drive and the Internet.
An advantage that Microsoft’s new tool has over its Yahoo and Google competition is the fact that it manufactures the Windows operating system so it has an internal knowledge of the product.
The tool comes in the form of the MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search and may be downloaded for free. The MSN Search Toolbar Suite was introduced a few months ago in beta form, but the new version supports more types of files and allows users more customization. As PC Pro explains,
The product also attempts to take advantage of Microsoft’s domination in desktop software to integrate itself with the leading office and email applications as well as other MSN services.
As such the search tool supports 200 file types including Outlook and Outlook Express e-mail files, Outlook Contacts or Calendar files and email attachments. It can also search Word 2003, Excel 2003, PowerPoint 2003 file formats. Among the non-Microsoft formats supported are MP3, GIF and JPEG files, and Adobe or .PDF files. Searches can take place from Internet Explorer, Outlook, or the Windows desktop.
As David Utter of WebProNews points out, the service also follows the Windows security model. Multiple users of a single machine who have separate logins will have any customized features for the search engine retained in their user profiles.
Microsoft originally intended for its desktop search to debut with its next version of Windows, “Longhorn”, but to keep up with the competition, they decided to go ahead and put it out.