If you have used Windows Vista then maybe you have noticed how great the search feature is. I know I have and it looks like the Microsoft search team is really thinking with their heads.
The new Windows Desktop Search 3 Beta 2 is actually available as a search mechanism compared to the Beta 1 back in May that was only offered as an add-in for Outlook 2007 and OneNote 2007. Let me be the first to say that the indexing speeds are the fastest that I have seen out of all the desktop search programs that I have tried.
Ahhh, but those people who have 64-bit machines have never been able to use Windows Desktop Search…but they can now! This is the first version that is compatible with both Windows XP and Server 2003 x64 computers.
Brandon who works on the Search Technology team for Microsoft said that “the engine and API are essentially the same as what’s in Vista RC1 (most of the binaries are in fact identical) and the builds are very close.” Hey, if they find something in Vista that can add more value to XP then I highly welcome it.
The only thing that I don’t like about this desktop search application (and most others for that matter) is having the “Search Web” button. I am sure that a majority of people may like having that button but I would prefer to see that as an option so that I could remove it if I choose. The reason I am not fond of that button is because I sometimes find myself accidentally hitting the wrong button which gets annoying after the first few times.