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Changes to Vista's desktop search are coming

Changes to Vista's desktop search are coming

Google wants users to use its Desktop Search as the default search programme in Vista.

Microsoft must be getting awfully tired of antitrust lawsuits. So much so that the company is changing the way the desktop search operates in order to satisfy concerns from Google. Coming in SP1 for Vista will be the ability for users to set a third-party search engine as the default desktop search.

This new option will allow you to choose just what search engine you would like to use when you're operating inside of the OS. So say for instance that you preferred to use Google Desktop over Vista search. Once installed, you would have the ability to use Google Desktop in the Start menu in place of Vista's search. Vista's search, however, will remain the default search method in Windows Explorer.

Developers will need to register their search service with Microsoft using a new protocol that is included in SP1.

In order to help those developers understand the changes that are being made, Microsoft is providing three documents this week. A knowledge base article was posted on Wednesday and a downloadable document was posted over at Microsoft downloads. The third document is available over on Microsoft's Developer Network site.

From a business standpoint, I can understand why Google and other developers would want to give users the option to use a different search programme. From a user standpoint, however, I don't understand the point in installing another application when the Vista search works perfectly fine as it is. In the past month of using Vista, I have yet to have any problems from the build in desktop search engine or the indexing service.

What are your thoughts on this one? Will you be completely replacing the Vista desktop search with Google Desktop or will you leave it how it is. Discuss this confounding issue with us over in the forums or in the comment section below.

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oasked 14th September 2007, 10:02 Quote
I can see where other users are coming from, but I'm damn sure I'm not going to be changing my search engine in the Start menu - what's the point?
mulberrycrush 14th September 2007, 10:09 Quote
Antitrust lawsuits are like throwing all your toys out of the pram. This makes me want to use Live more..
capnPedro 14th September 2007, 10:24 Quote
As long as I can leave it as it is, I don't care. I like the way it works now. It works well, why should I change?
naokaji 14th September 2007, 10:26 Quote
how about organizing the files to start with?

/sarcasm off

i'll leave the vista search as it is... *warning, ms haters look away* i actually kinda like it *warning end*
vsub 14th September 2007, 12:19 Quote
I hope the search bar in the Start menu will still function as Run command, else I see a lot of frustrated support staff.
Try explaining a total noob to open up a commandbox, thats sometimes hard enough...
I'm waiting for the first one to google 'cmd' from the Start menu :S
TheVoice 14th September 2007, 12:32 Quote
If they're going to do this to MS, they should do it to Apple too, but you don't find OSX being bundled without iTunes or Apple being forced to allow other search apps to work with Spotlight.

Someone in a position of power somewhere has a serious grudge against MS.
naokaji 14th September 2007, 12:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by TheVoice
If they're going to do this to MS, they should do it to Apple too, but you don't find OSX being bundled without iTunes or Apple being forced to allow other search apps to work with Spotlight.

Someone in a position of power somewhere has a serious grudge against MS.

nah. apple simply isnt attractive to sue due to its low marketshare... if apple would have 90%+ marketshare everyone would go for them instead of ms.
DarkLord7854 14th September 2007, 13:17 Quote
It's funny but it seems to me Microsoft is mellowing more and more nowadays and is actually doing a better job at giving people choices then Apple is
capnPedro 14th September 2007, 18:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
It's funny but it seems to me Microsoft is mellowing more and more nowadays and is actually doing a better job at giving people choices then Apple is

Bear in mind that BillyG has stepped down, while Steve J is still as much in charge (and still as pretentious) as he was 10 years ago.
DarkLord7854 15th September 2007, 04:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by capnPedro
Bear in mind that BillyG has stepped down, while Steve J is still as much in charge (and still as pretentious) as he was 10 years ago.

Maybe so, but even when BillG was there, Microsoft was slowly mellowing
bilbothebaggins 15th September 2007, 10:55 Quote
It's all about consumer choice.
A company with 90% market share of such a huge market should not be allowed to get away with limiting the consumers choice.
What if they mess up (which they do from time to time :D ) and you actually want to change anything?? Oh, but look. It'd be not possible if we just
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don't understand the point in installing another application

-btb-
completemadness 15th September 2007, 21:28 Quote
oh i thought this would just be like a plug in api

so instead of searching MS it would search Google
But an entire new program, sounds like a lot of overhead for nothing really
ComputerKing 17th September 2007, 12:33 Quote
Google Search! this sounds that Vista will be a virus farm! Google Search have a lot of Spyware and virus! It's Sux! but who cares, I don't use any of this ****! only use Google.com and that's it.

Thanks for the info, Take care
capnPedro 17th September 2007, 19:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by ComputerKing
Google Search! this sounds that Vista will be a virus farm! Google Search have a lot of Spyware and virus! It's Sux!

Evidence, or I call shenanigans!
ComputerKing 17th September 2007, 20:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by capnPedro
Evidence, or I call shenanigans!

No Really, Don't beilve me go Install Google Desktop and see how many Spyware\virus you got.. I tested it and that what I got >:(
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