MSN Desktop Search
If you can't wait a year for the metadata desktop file searches promised in or six months for the tabbed browser feature rumored in the upcoming Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, then download today. Although the MSN group is technically unrelated to the OS and productivity groups at Microsoft, the new MSN Toolbar gives Windows 2000 SP3 or later and Windows XP users the look and feel of a sleek new operating system, à la . Unfortunately, if you want only one feature (for example, just the MSN search toolbar or the IE tabbed browser), you're out of luck; the suite packages them together.
MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search is primarily a query tool accessible from a multitude of Windows components, including the Taskbar, Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer, Outlook, and Outlook Express. Like we've reviewed, MSN Search now includes the ability to preview the contents of your files without having to open the associated application. MSN also has a page of add-ins for more detailed searches within file formats, such as PDF and ZIP., MSN smartly inserts a query box in the Windows Taskbar, allowing you to run local searches by simply typing a word or a phrase within the window. And as does Yahoo Desktop Search, MSN Desktop Search also adds a query toolbar to Outlook and Outlook Express. Like other desktop search apps
Like Copernic, Yahoo, and others, MSN uses "word wheeling" technology that immediately begins displaying matches as you type. And MSN's toolbar plug-ins for Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer, and the two Outlooks are handy for impromptu searches. As does Apple Mac Tiger's SmartFolders feature, MSN allows you to save your favorite desktop search queries and automatically update them with new e-mail and documents. Say London is your favorite topic of interest; simply save your desktop search on the word, then anytime you receive a new e-mail or document referencing London, it will be added to your folder.