Windows Desktop Search 3.0 beta 2 released

Windows Desktop Search 3.0 beta 2 released

Summary: Hooray! Microsoft has just released beta 2 of the new Windows Desktop Search 3.0. This is the new version used by 2007 Microsoft Office system (with a small "s") applications including Outlook and OneNote. As you might recall, I recently bemoaned the horrific performance and complete lack of a user interface in the initial beta release.

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Hooray! Microsoft has just released beta 2 of the new Windows Desktop Search 3.0. This is the new version used by 2007 Microsoft Office system (with a small "s") Outlook and OneNote applications. As you might recall, I recently bemoaned the horrific performance, memory leaks, and complete lack of a user interface in the initial beta release which was required to enable Instant Search in those applications and preserve one's sanity by turning off the incessant requests from those apps that you install the utility.

Happily, the beta 2 release seems to be much better behaved and was able to use the existing index created by the previous version. Memory usage is about half of what the previous version was consuming. The deskbar and search window interface are back and everything works pretty much as in previous versions which is to say pretty well. My only complaint (there has to be something to complain about, right?) is the lack of the previous version's control to turn off indexing when running on battery power.

From the Knowledgebase article and download page:

The search engine in WDS 3.0 is a Microsoft Windows service that is also used by programs such as Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and Microsoft Office OneNote 2007. You can use this search engine to index a program's content and to obtain instant results when you search within a particular program. WDS 3.0 supports the following installations:

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and later versions
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and later versions
You cannot install WDS 3.0 on a Microsoft Windows Vista-based computer, because WDS functionality is already built into Windows Vista.

This Beta 2 release is an update to the Beta Engine Preview release of WDS 3.0. The most noticeable improvements in the Beta 2 release include a full desktop search user interface, 64-bit support, and faster search results. The WDS 3.0 installation process will automatically upgrade WDS 2.5 and later versions of WDS. Before you install WDS 3.0, use the Add or Remove Programs tool to uninstall versions of WDS that are earlier than version 2.5. (my emphasis)

 Hat tip to Amit Agarwal at Digital Inspiration for the heads up.

Topic: Windows

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  • You mean like

    'grep'?

    [You can use this search engine to index a program's content and to obtain instant results when you search within a particular program.]

    I guess I just don't generate enough documents as I don't see <b>any</b> value in this.
    Roger Ramjet
    • But...

      can 'grep' find word strings in MS Office docs?
      Michael Kelly
      • Not if M$ has anything to say about it (nt)

        nt
        Roger Ramjet
    • Grep

      Gee instant 70s nostalgia. Thanks Roger, haven't used grep since the seventies and it brought back that warm and fuzzy command line interface feeling.

      Frankly, I'll take the equivalent of Google desktop without the crappy browser interface anyday - go MS.
      TonyMcS
      • Ooops

        Meant Google Desktop Search - don't want to confuse that with the mickey mouse G desktop ;-)
        TonyMcS
      • Nostalgia

        You mean like scandisk (W9x)? Ooops, I meant chkdsk (DOS and XP). Back to the future?
        Roger Ramjet
  • No Network indexing

    Looks like I cannot index my network drive anymore, with the new version. Well hopefully it will be done in the next beta
    johann12