MSN Toolbar and Windows Desktop Search, Final Release


It’s all over the blogosphere already, so on the off-chance you haven’t seen it yet, I’ll link to the best wrap-up I’ve seen so far: Dare’s.


To skip the commentary and jump right in: http://toolbar.msn.com/ , and if you’re into PDFs (and others), the IFilter Addins are at http://addins.msn.com/


I’m playing with it now on my work machine; there’s no x64 version right now.


For those new to the whole Desktop Search thing – the Windows Desktop Search bit indexes your Outlook and Outlook Express email, and documents on your hard drive, so that you can quickly retrieve files based on keyword searches. I mean really quickly. It takes a while to build the initial index, so you might want to leave it running overnight.


The MSN Toolbar for IE part includes a form filler utility and some level of MSN Spaces integration along with the usual search bumf, and I found it to be a compelling IE addon in the beta release.

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