Windows Desktop Search 3.01 is a brand new release of Microsoft’s tool for indexing mail and documents for instant searches on Windows XP. There were some growing pains as they prepared this version, but the new release addresses everything on my mind.

  • The web site has been redesigned, and links lead to the correct places.
  • This version has built-in support for searching files on network shares.
  • The program runs as a service with a very small impact on computer performance. (It’s still not a good choice for computers with 256Mb of RAM, though.)

If you’re successfully using an earlier version of WDS, there’s no pressure to upgrade. If you haven’t installed a desktop search program and you’re getting buried in files and e-mail messages, try it! Many people think it’s the best thing they’ve ever done for their computers.

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