Microsoft offers enterprise desktop search app

Microsoft will release on Tuesday an enterprise version of its Windows Desktop Search tool.

Microsoft plans to make available this week a version of its Windows Desktop Search application tuned for enterprise use, and as such containing features for IT managers to distribute and manage it.

The enterprise version of Windows Desktop Search runs on PCs with Windows XP or Windows 2000 and can index and retrieve over 200 types of files stored in users' PCs and in shared network drives, Microsoft plans to announce at its IT Forum event in Barcelona, Spain, said Heather Friedland, product planner for Windows Desktop Search.

Later, Windows Desktop Search will gain the capability to index and find information users have stored in Windows Live Web-based services, she said.

An option that is available but still in test, or beta, mode is installing the MSN Search Toolbar, which lets users view enterprise Windows Desktop Search results within Outlook, she said.

The application can be managed through systems management tools such as Microsoft's Systems Management Server, and offers various options for establishing policy settings for the application.

The application, which is free, can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/desktopsearch/enterprise.

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