Items tagged with Desktop search

If there is one aspect of the Mac OS that Mac users love to gripe about it is OS X's desktop search feature, Spotlight, which was initially introduced in OS X 10.4. While it does an adequate job of searching a Mac system's files, its functionality leaves a lot to be desired. Even with improvements to Spotlight, such as adding Boolean search operators with the release of OS X 10.5 (Leopard), many Mac users still feel that Spotlight is missing a lot of needed functionality; and because Apple has been unable to adequately meet the needs of many of its users, third-party developers stepped in and produced more functional applications to perform system searches--as well as act as application launchers--such... Read more...
In June Microsoft agreed to modify the built-in desktop search feature in Vista, in hopes of staving off another Justice Department battle, as well as to assuage Google.  On Wednesday Microsoft outlined the upcoming changes, which will appear in Vista Service Pack 1.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 changes are coming with the first service pack to Windows Vista. Microsoft is launching a beta version of the update in the next couple of weeks, with a final version expected early next... Read more...
Google just won an argument with Microsoft before their lawyers even got to deliver an opening statement; Microsoft decided to take the high road and allow users to decide which desktop search program to use.  If you select Google for all your desktop searching needs, then the Vista seach engine will be disabled, thus no longer causing the performance hit that was irritating Google in the first place. "In a filing made jointly with the Justice Department on Tuesday night, Microsoft said it would change the search feature as part of the first service pack to Windows Vista. In the filing, Microsoft talked for the first time about when that service pack would arrive, saying a beta version will... Read more...