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Desktop Search Beta Refresh

We have posted a new version (02.00.0001.1203) of the Toolbar Suite for download.  Some of the fixes and enhancements in the latest version include:


  • Eliminated the virus pop ups and increased performance (more below)
  • Ability to index Outlook items when it isn’t your default email client
  • Clear Deskbar text after performing searches
  • Fixed a majority of reported Watson bugs
  • Several bug fixes to improve overall stability & robustness


In order to make email attachment handling better, we implemented a change in how we process them. In the earlier build if you opted to index email attachments we would save the attachment to a temporary file and then index it. This has two negative side effects:


1.      Performance. Copying a stream to disk and then reading it is a largely unneeded step and one that caused extra disk IO


2.      Anti-virus scanners would pop up on file creation. In other words even though you never opened the file, the file would get written to the disk. NOTE that no virus would occur as a result of this because the file wasn’t opened, but it was annoying to get the pop-ups.


With the adoption of this interface we can stream the attachment directly to the filter. Many IFilters had already implemented this interface. But if you have written a custom one, you will need to add it.  See more information on our Wiki.  


We are not planning to Autoupdate existing users, but if you are seeing any of the problems above or want to be running the latest and greatest bits download it today!  You don’t have to uninstall your existing version - just run the new installer and it will keep your settings & existing index! 


-Paul Steckler & Bubba Murarka, Program Managers


Update: Edited the text to reflect that we use Watson for crash reporting, not Dr. Watson!  Thanks to Aaron for clarifying.  :)


  • Heya

    Can you OFFER a way to auto-update? So if I hit an "Update now" button, it'll work?
  • Michael: If you just redownload it and install it, it will do the equivalent of that.
  • Ben_B is right on the money. Great idea about "update now" - we'll add it to the feature wish list for the future versions!
  • Please fix the underscore bug/feature for the next version!


    Searching for a file named "search_test.txt"

    Search using the word "search" finds the file.
    Search using the word "test" doesn't.

  • Great.
  • I'd like to use the AutoFill feature of the IE Toolbar but am hesitant because I'm unable to find out how the Toolbar protects my sensitive data. Nowhere in the documentation is there any mention of the mechanisms (like encryption type/cipher) used to used by the Toolbar. Any hints?

    BTW, I love the Toolbar and ever since I saw the Channel9 clips on Toolbar my Windows desktop is clean. I use the Desktop Search as a replacement for Explorer all together.

    BTW, I love the Toolbar (didn't I just say it ;-))

  • Woo Hoo! It appears you've squashed the Outlook IMAP bug. I've been running the Toolbar Suite all afternoon and evening and no spontaneous IMAP acount closures to report so dar. Excellent! Overall performance seems to be quite a bit better as well.
  • Still no Win 2k3 support :(
  • When were you going to tell us that you went live with MSN search? :)

    The new design is slick.
  • » New Version Of MSN Toolbar Suite  InsideMicrosoft - part of the Blog News Channel
  • Hellsbellboy's End User Weblog » Blog Archive » MS Desktop Search Beta update
  • re: Anantha's comments.

    Form Fill uses standard Window's crypto apis to encrypt your data. The key used is the master password that is entered via the options or first run wizard and is never stored in clear text. It is hashed and compared to what you enter when you automatically fill a form. Hopefully this addresses your concerns, but if not let us know your additional questions!
  • The update's running great! Thanks to everyone on the desktop search team.

    Hoping we'll be able to selectively index specific folders in Outlook/OE in the next build.

    Cheers! :)
  • Good update - keep the changes coming! :-)

    Best regards / MfG,
    Joerg Battermann - blog:

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  • Are you going to add a preview pane for search results like the reading pane found in Office Outlook? Or like the preview feature that other deskbar like Yahoo! offer?
    Are you going to add support for more file formats and especially for more e-mail clients?
    Also, the accessibility issue with the reading of the search results has not been fixed.
    Thanks for working hard on this product and I wish you the best.