Monday, January 31, 2005

No desktop search function for Longhorn?

Microsoft appears to be rethinking it's MSN Desktop search feature for the next Windows release, codenamed Longhorn. At a conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a key MSN manager indicated that antitrust suits have caused Microsoft to think twice, according to eWeek:

"Speaking on a panel on search technology at the Harvard Business School's Cyberposium, Mark Kroese, general manager of information services and merchant platform product marketing for MSN, said the federal antitrust battle Microsoft waged with the government has made the company think twice about what technologies it can add to the operating system.

"Working at Microsoft today vs. five years ago is different," Kroese said. "If anyone thinks the antitrust case hasn't slowed us down, you're wrong. If I want to meet with a products manager for Windows there needs to be three lawyers in the room. We have to be so careful, we err on the side of caution. We are on such a fine line of conduct."

The MSN Desktop Search toolbar is currently in a beta state and works similarly to Desktop search features already offered from Google and Yahoo!, indexing the contents of your entire computer for quick and simple searches. I have yet to try any of the Desktop searches, and I certainly won't use a public PC that runs one of them. Have you tried Google, Yahoo or some of the others such as Copernic or HotBot?




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