Over at the Evil Empire, Stephen Speicher Tries to Drum Up “Conversation” with a unique blog post. He even references Scoble in an obvious plea for attention.
From jkOnTheRun: Happy blogday, Robert Scoble!
I’ve had Microsoft’s beta desktop search tool running for about 18 hours now and have some observations to make.
On the up side:
1. I love the emphasis given to the metadata.
2. Searches are quick and effective.
3. Shorcuts and commands from the deskbar rock!
4. Word Wheel is a great interface!
5. Right-click actions & drag and drop make the results much more useful.
On the down side:
1. The indexer doesn’t seem to handle multiple logged-in users very well. I haven’t done a controlled test to verify this yet, but when I logged into my home machine this morning, it appeared that the indexer had been running even while I logged in as a different user (Fast user switching). If anyone has trouble duplicating this, feel free to contact me (email address is in my profile).
1. Just like everyone else, I wish this would integrate with Hotmail a little more closely. Let me search my email! Even better, let me index multiple account types (Hotmail, gMail, POP, IMAP, Exchange), and let me add several email accounts to my search profile.
2. RSS! Let me include an opml blogroll for indexing. I don’t know how many times I’ve said to myself “Now I just read something about that the other day on some blog” and then I spend 15 minutes searching Technorati to find it. It’d be awesome if MSN Search could keep track of my online “experience” and let me recall things easily. (This would make the most sense if MSN Messenger had an integrated Blog reader).
3. Allow the machine to publish a secured “search service” that would allow me to tie all the machines I use together into a search group.
That’s all for now…
Microsoft’s Desktop Search is live (in beta).
The teleconference is focusing on the user experience & integration with Windows, Outlook, etc. They’re also focusing on the inclusion of “verb actions” that allow you to launch content-appropriate actions with your findings.
Integrates with products from various teams accross Microsoft.
More later after I get a chance to try it out.
Microsoft just announced it’s MSN branded Desktop Search offering, The MSN Toolbar Suite.
Downloads are available here.
The MSN Toolbar Suite includes desktop search functionality similar to that offered by Google, X1, Copernic, and Yahoo!.
More observations to follow.
The teleconference just started…
advance info from: http://toolbar.msn.com/
“Preview MSN Toolbar Suite Beta with Desktop Search (U.S. English only)”