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Microsoft Confirms No Desktop Search For Longhorn

Chris Richardson
Staff Writer
Published: 2004-08-31

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Following up on information that appeared in an article about KDE's upcoming desktop search utility, Microsoft has announced that they will release Longhorn, their new operating system, without WinFS. This means that Microsoft's new OS will arrive without a desktop search utility.

According to DMNews, Microsoft will be releasing a "test" version of WinFS when they Longhorn available to the public. This delay in MS's new file system is being considered a trade-off to have the operating system available to the public sooner. The company also has intentions of including a Web search utility within their desktop search in order to perhaps knock Google off the top of the search engine hill.

The delay for Longhorn's search features shouldn't affect the launch of MSN's web search service. MSN search is expected to be available to the public by next year. Thanks to Andy Beal for pointing this out.

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