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.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, addins.msn.com, 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.
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.