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Windows Desktop Search for the Enterprise

Today at the IT Forum in Barcelona, the latest version of Windows Desktop Search (WDS) and MSN Search Toolbar, both enabled for easy enterprise deployment, will say “Hola!” to the world!

With this new release, enterprise IT departments can easily and securely deploy, customize and manage Windows Desktop Search across their entire PC network (both Windows XP and Widnows 2000 SP4+). Not only is WDS free to deploy with your Windows License, it also provides flexible customization settings for IT departments, extensibility to search over proprietary or unique types of files and is supported in 15 languages, with more to coming soon!

This is truly an exciting day for our team. I’ve been involved in many enterprise software applications in the past and must admit that the excitement that enterprises have expressed over WDS is unprecedented.  Since our initial launch of MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search for consumers earlier in the year, we have been inundated with requests for an enterprise-ready version from companies all over the world, representing nearly every major industry, ranging from financial services, high-tech to pharmaceuticals, government agencies and more.

Over the past several months, we’ve diligently worked with an incredible set of early adopter customers to fine tune the requirements and needs of the enterprise environment. Today, we’re finally ready to make the latest release of Windows Desktop Search available to everyone.  We hope that the product will empower information technology managers to help their employees gain back at least 30 more minutes of productivity by enabling them to find virtually any information on their desktop fast.

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-Denise Ho
Windows Desktop Search Program Manager


  • Why is Window XP 64-bit not supported? MSN Search has been 'live' for almost a year, had several updates, and is now an 'enterpise level' application. I applaud all of this, but how 'enterprise' is it without the 64 bit version? Is it THAT tough to create the search toolbar for Win64?
  • I can't find anything on the download site nor FAQ that mentions running WDS on Windows 2003 with terminal services. Is this supported?
  • Thanks for making this available!

    It's not just good for enterprises -- it's good for power users like me that want WDS but don't want MSN toolbar.
  • Echoing Lowell's comments here, is this supported in a Terminal Services environment? So do's or don'ts perhaps?
  • I can't imagine this being supported under Terminal Services... it would bring the machine to its knees.
  • Sure, the iFilter's been around a long time and I guess it's integral to what you're doing on the desktop - but can you make it easier for those of us that code C# or VB on .NET ?
  • PatriotB: This shouldn't bring TS down at all. Indexing services already run and generally don't bog the processors down. Besides, a common index could be kept for all network drives so that each user's instance of WDS wouldn't be re-indexing network content constantly.
  • Yeah, that sounds good.
    Btw, you can try the best websearch on the net:
  • Looks GREAT. I'm really excited about getting it deployed to the rest of the company (probably will early next week.)

    In my test group, I'm only getting a few "negative" comments (not too bad.) Does anyone know if there is a plan (or a way to do it already) to have it search your browser history/cache (similar to the google search?) My users say they would use that feature a lot. Also, does anyone know how to get the sharepoint services search integration to work? I did the http://intranet/_layouts/1033/searchresults.aspx?k=$w on a pretty basic WSS install. When you click to search the intranet, it brings up the intranet search screen with no results. But if you type the same search string into the intranet search page that it brings you to, it finds the results. Anyone know how to make WSS actaully take the search string?

    Besides that, it looks great.
  • Lowell --

    I haven't tried it in a TS environment so I can't say for sure what it would be like. But I don't think it's meant for TS. WDS is quite different than Indexing Service.

    Specifically, the various processes (WindowsSearch.exe, WindowsSearchIndexer.exe, WndowsSearchFilter.exe) run under the account of the user that's logged in. And the indices are stored per-user, under the local appdata folder. My guess is that if 20 people logged in, you'd have 20 copies of each of these.

    I agree that stuff like network drives would benefit from having a common index. I don't think that's possible today with WDS. Maybe someone from the team could comment on this? :)
  • The new release is great and finally pulls me away from Copernic and back to MSFT! We see the SharePoint search as being a critical app, it would be great if the integration could be tighter; such as consuming the SPS Query WebService and displaying the results directly in the WDS results screen instead of spawning a new IE window. Any chances on an upgrade ??
  • The following domains are ranking high with redirects for almost ALL MONEY TERMS: (mortgage calculator etc..)
    mortgage-2you "
    cash-2u " ( payday loans + personal loans, etc..) " " Personal Loans Personal Loans

    They are all full of duplicate text so if you guys search your own engine for text in the cloaked pages you will be able to get rid of about 40 domains from the same guy doing this.

    You have had a great search engine but as of late it is starting to look like a spamfest. You need to turn up your duplicate content filter at least.

  • Thanks for releasing this awesome desktop search product WITHOUT the msn baggage.

    I love how it integrates with XP.

    Keep up the good work.

    FYI, it seems to have a little trouble on my laptop after resuming from hibernation. It doesn't exit gracefully on shutdown after a resume from hibernation. Instead I get a prompt to shut windows desktop search down.