New desktop search comes as a Windows update
Microsoft wants to deliver a revised version of its desktop search engine via the update functions in Vista, XP, and its server operating systems. Windows Search 4 will update Vista’s built-in search engine, in which the start menu lists documents containing a search term even as the term is being typed into the search field. Even emails and calendar files can be located, although Microsoft only supports email searching for its own Outlook, Outlook Express and Vista Windows Mail clients. Plug-ins, called IFilters, can be installed to support other vendors’ file formats, such as Open Office documents. Adobe Reader provides an extension for PDFs.
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