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Vista SP1 beta's biggest mod is to the search function RRS feed

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    Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1), the beta of which was just released by Microsoft Corp., is designed to improve Vista's performance, reliability and security. And even though Microsoft didn't publicize the change, SP1 also alters the way Vista's search works, allowing you to substitute an alternate search tool of your own for the one built into Windows.

     

    Microsoft has issued a PowerPoint presentation and a white paper about SP1, which is now in the hands of about 12000 testers. But nowhere in them will you find any mention of the change to Vista's search function. That may be because Microsoft didn't necessarily make the change willingly. It comes as an extension of the company's 2002 antitrust settlement with government regulators.

    With SP1, third-party search technologies -- think Google Desktop Search -- can now be easily integrated into the operating system and used as the default search engine. And it's a change that's apparent as soon as you click the Start button. The search link, which was on the right-hand side of the menu pre-SP1, has been taken away. If you want to search from the Start menu, you'll now have to use the Start Search box. Otherwise, you can use the Search box embedded in Windows Explorer.

    Monday, October 1, 2007 3:38 PM