Microsoft promises desktop search functionality by year's e...

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Nov 10, 2004.

  1. Fender2112 macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2002
    Charlotte, NC
    Can someone explain how this "Desktop" search is different from the "Find" function that has been a part of the Mac OS since, at least OS 7. I must be missing something because I don't understand what the big deal is. :confused:
  2. brap macrumors 68000

    May 10, 2004
    I think they probably mean a sensible, database-indexed search, rather than the pathetic per-folder search we have in Windows now. Don't worry, it'll still suck, just marginally less so. It'll probably be just as patronising as XP search bar, too :mad:.

    I hate looking for files in Windows, it took 5 minutes for my girlfriend's laptop to spit out a file she'd downloaded and lost last night. In Panther, nm Tiger, that'd be done in 5 seconds.
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    I'm going to guess...

    ... that an example may be, for instance... say, you've got the Open dialog box of an app open but you can't find the file you want to open. So you can search straight from there within that dialog box.

    Something I occasionally wish I could do.

    But that's just a wild guess... nothing informed about it at all.

    Somebody please tell me if/how you can do this already.
  4. macnulty macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2003
    Rehoboth Beach, De
    It goes by application, for example Photoshop Elements 2 has it but Nisus Writer 2 doesn't, neither does Canvas 8.
  5. redAPPLE macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
    My Promise

    and i promise New Year's Eve on the 31st of December :rolleyes:

    that was the same company that said looonghorn would be arrive in 2005, right?
  6. nsb3000 macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2003
    Boston, MA
    You should look at Google's current offering to get an idea of what they are talking about. It is a database index based search function, so it will be a hell of a lot faster than what Microsoft current offers. But also, and this is key, it will let you search inside all sorts of files, which although you can do today on Mac OS X, you can't do it very quickly.

    I can't speak for exacaly how Microsofts tool will work, but with Google's desktop search, it not only finds files with the word in the name, but email messages that countin the word, websites I have visited in the last week that have the word, PDFs, word documents ect. And it does it all in less than a second. I can tell you from haveing it installed on my PC at work that it is a very powerful feature. I don't think Microsoft wants to be outdone for long.

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