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By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2005-05-16 Print this article Print

Along with Internet Explorer, search toolbars reside in Windows Explorer and Microsoft Office Outlook. Desktop search also can be launched from a deskbar in the Windows taskbar. "While delivering fast search results on the desktop is a nice feature to provide our users, our users are interested in taking action on those results, so we have focused heavily on letting users search from where they are with different entry points into desktop search," Glasgow said.
With the full release, MSN has added a preview pane in the results so that users can view the contents of a file or e-mail and take actions without opening another application.
Users also can customize the indexing for desktop search. They can specify which Outlook folders should be included in the index and can block specific file types from being included, Glasgow said. As with the beta, the application plugs into Windows authentication for maintaining security when a PC is set up with multiple user accounts. The MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search supports searching across more than 200 file types. These include Microsoft file types such as Outlook and Office files as well as Adobe PDFs and standard audio and image files like MP3s and JPEGs. MSN also is launching a new Web site,, which displays a selection of third-party developer additions to the desktop search toolbar. MSN is providing developer access through the Windows IFilter interfaces. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on enterprise search technology.

Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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