Windows Search (formerly Windows Desktop Search) has now reached version 4.0. Gone are the days of it being in beta status.
I’ve been a tester since day one, and I have to say, it’s one of the few betas I deployed on all of my systems.
Windows Search 4.0 dramatically improves the performance of file and index searching in all modern versions of Windows. Why? Because finally all versions of Windows are in-sync on the same search code.
Not only was Vista’s search protocol improved on… but you now have the robust searching power of Vista, built-in to Windows XP and Windows 2003, including Windows Home Server. This includes key tweaks to background priority that were added in Vista, so Windows Search is now faster, without hurting overall system performance on those earlier operating systems.
Summing it up, everyone running Windows XP, 2003, Vista, or 2008 should go grab Windows Search 4.0.