Friday, June 6, 2008

Microsoft Releases Windows Search 4.0


Desktop search has brought simplicity to the ever growing storage locations of files, folders, and email.  You no longer have to remember exactly which folder you filed that Word document or email into to recall it to your screen.  Simply use search to find what you are looking for.  Windows Vista shipped with Search integrated into the system.  Microsoft released Windows Desktop Search for Windows XP to bring that functionality to the "legacy" OS.  Now with version 4.0 comes some new features (mostly for enterprise group policy), speed, and efficiency.  The new version is available for download from Microsoft for Windows XP, Vista, 2003, and comes in 32-bit and 64-bit.  Microsoft plans to eventually release the update into the Automatic Update stream.

Ars Technica - Windows Search 4.0 adds features, speed, uses less resources

Google Desktop search is another alternative if you wish to not use Microsoft's desktop search.  Google does provide enterprise features to control the search product through group policy. 

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