Hopefully this will help someone out there in the world ! Now this is a big disclaimer! This is for the Windows 7 Beta. And I have tested this only to a very limited extent! You will find the zip file with the 3 connectors in below in the attachments.
Windows 7 supports a new feature called Federated Search. It's based on OpenSearch and RSS2 and enables searching of remote repositories from the Windows desktop. This is one darn darn cooooool feature!
I have built a Federated Search Connector for the following;
The Virtual World Blog – Obviously this was my baby of choice!
The App-V Product Team Blog – A fab App-V resource
The Microsoft TechCenter – Good to search for key documents including App-V
All of these connectors are not supported by Microsoft in anyway and just use feeds to search windows live and gather the results. I am only pulling up 10 results, but so far that's all I have ever needed to get the correct information.
How to install
1st Step: Save the VirtualWorldBlog.zip attached. Now just open the zip file and double click the included Search .osdx file to install the Search Provider.
2nd Step: Open Windows Explorer. You will see you new Search Provider listed under Favorites or under C:\Users\<username>\Searches
3rd Step: Type what you want to search for using the Search box to begin searching
Looks a bit like this when you’re done!
Hope this helps you all. If you can improve on this just let us all know to get the benefits.