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The wait is over.

by Brandon on May 15th, 2005

Microsoft/MSN will be releasing their new MSN Toolbar along with what is now called “Windows Desktop Search” within the next few hours.

I’ve been working with near-final bits for a little while now (as part of the Search Champs program) and I must say I’m very impressed with how they’ve listened to customer feedback and incorporated changes so very quickly.


-The “Prioritize Indexing“ option, so that those of us with excess computing power can have the index always instantaneously up-to-date.
-The ability to specify which Outlook folders should be indexed.
-Much better developer support and documentation (and they’ve got more of that in the works as well).
-Much cleaner UI, better performance, and countless bug fixes.
-Far more advanced options exposed in the configuration UI.

They even let you change the default web search to something other than MSN Search!  How incredibly un-monopolistic 🙂

As you might have guessed, I’ve been waiting for this release to show you more of the work I’ve been doing.

Watch for the release, which I’m told should be up within the next couple hours.

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