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Encyclopedia > Windows Search
Windows Desktop Search

Developer: Microsoft
Latest release: 3.01 / February 20, 2007
OS: Microsoft Windows
Use:
License: Proprietary EULA
Website: Windows Desktop Home Page

Windows Desktop Search (or WDS) is an indexed search platform released by Microsoft for the Windows operating system. Before its official release it was known as MSN Desktop Search, and is sometimes referred to as such because of its inclusion in the MSN Toolbar, when it was first launched. Software development is the translation of a user need or marketing goal into a software product. ... A software release refers to the creation and availability of a new version of a computer software product. ... February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the CE era. ... An operating system (OS) is a set of computer programs that manage the hardware and software resources of a computer. ... A software license is a legal agreement which may take the form of a proprietary or gratuitous license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software. ... Proprietary software is software with restrictions on using, copying and modifying as enforced by the proprietor. ... A software license is a type of proprietary or gratiuitious license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software — sometimes called an End User License Agreement (EULA) — that specifies the perimeters of the permission granted by the owner to the... A Web site (or colloquially, Website) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on a Web server, usually accessible via the Internet or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML, that is almost always accessible via HTTP... A search index, or more precisely a full-text index, is the database which a full-text search engine uses to respond to the query issued by the user. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Microsoft Windows is the name of several families of proprietary software operating systems by Microsoft. ... MSN toolbar is a toolbar for Internet explorer. ...


Windows 2000 through Windows Server 2003 also included an Indexing Service which also indexed the files on a hard drive. However, it lacked its own UI and had to be used with either the the Windows Explorer search UI or an MMC snap-in. It also did not have word-wheeling capabilities. Windows 2000 (also referred to as Win2K) is a preemptible, interruptible, graphical and business-oriented operating system that was designed to work with either uniprocessor or symmetric multi-processor 32-bit Intel x86 computers. ... Windows Server 2003 is a server operating system produced by Microsoft. ... Windows indexing service allows instant searching of PCs and corporate networks. ... Windows Explorer running on Windows Vista Windows Explorer running on Windows XP Windows Explorer is an application that is part of modern versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system that provides a graphical user interface for accessing the file systems. ... MMC on Windows Server 2003, running Computer Management snap-in The Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is a component of modern Microsoft Windows operating systems that provides system administrators and advanced users with a flexible interface through which they may configure and monitor the system. ...

Contents

Overview

Upon installation, Windows Desktop Search builds an index of the files on a user's hard drive. The initial creation of this index can take up to several hours, but this is a one-time event. Once the index is complete, Windows Desktop Search is able to use this index to search results more rapidly than it would take to search through all the files on your computer. Searches are performed not only on file names, but also on the contents of the file (provided a proper handler for the file type is installed) as well as the keywords and comments the file is tagged with. For example, searching the computer for The Beatles would return a list of the Beatles music on your computer, as well as any e-mails and documents that include the phrase "The Beatles" in their titles or contents. Windows Desktop Search, by default, includes handlers for most common filetypes. WDS also features word-wheeled search (or search-as-you-type). It begins searching as soon as characters are entered in the search box, and keeps on refining and filtering the search results as more characters are typed in. As an advantage, this results in finding the requires files even before the full search text is entered. The IFilter interface scans documents for text and properties (also called attributes). ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. ...


Version 2 is available for Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, but Version 3 is only available for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.[1] Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system includes built-in indexed search capabilities out-of-the-box. In Windows Vista, however, it is called Instant Search or Windows Search.[2] The search API in WDS 3.0 is compatible with the Windows Search API in Windows Vista. And like Windows Vista, the indexer runs as a Windows Service, so that a single index as well as a single instance of the service can be shared across all users - thereby improving performance. Windows XP is a line of proprietary operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... Windows Vista is a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, Tablet PCs, and media centers. ... Windows Vista (formerly codenamed Windows Longhorn) has many significant new features compared with previous Microsoft Windows versions, covering most aspects of the operating system. ...


Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, as well as Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 requires either Windows Desktop Search or Windows Search to be installed and running to use the enhanced search capabilities of the applications. The 2007 Microsoft Office System, also known as Microsoft Office 2007, is the most recent version of Microsofts productivity suite. ... The 2007 Microsoft Office System, also known as Microsoft Office 2007, is the most recent version of Microsofts productivity suite. ...


References

  1. ^ Windows Desktop Search. Retrieved on 2007-03-16.
  2. ^ Windows Vista: Features Explained: Instant Search. Retrieved on 2007-03-16.

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