Microsoft outlines Vista desktop search changes
The primary impact of the change is giving Vista users who choose a non-Microsoft option for desktop search more outlets to see those search results, as opposed to the results generated by Vista's built in desktop search engine.
The search changes mean that, "in addition to the numerous ways a user could access a third-party search solution in Windows Vista, they can now get to their preferred search results from additional entry points in the Start Menu and Explorer Windows in Windows Vista with SP1," a Microsoft representative said in an e-mail to CNET News.com.
Yes, choice is always better. What is amazing is that despite past issues like this, Microsoft and other vendors continue to miss the point: it's easier to take a proactive stance on features that may cause controversy.