I noticed an eWeek article this morning titled Microsoft Won’t Bundle Desktop Search with Windows which has had me scratching my head all morning. The article contains the following excerpts
Microsoft Corp. has no immediate plans to integrate desktop search into its operating system, a company executive said at a conference here this weekend.
Indeed, while including desktop search in Windows might seem like a logical step to many, “there’s no immediate plan to do that as far as I know,” Kroese said. “That would have to be a Bill G. [Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates] and the lawyers’ decision.”
I thought Windows already had desktop search. In fact, Jon Udell of Infoworld recently provided a screencast in his blog post Where was desktop search when we needed it? which shows off the capabilities of the built-in Windows desktop search which seems almost on par with the recent offerings from MSN, Google and the like.
Now I’m left wondering what the EWeek article means. Does it mean there aren’t any plans to replace the annoying animated dog with the MSN butterfly? That Microsoft has access to a time machine and will go back and rip out desktop search from the operating system including the annoying animated dog? Or is there some other obvious conclusion that can be drawn from the facts and the article that I have failed to grasp?
The technology press really disappoints me sometimes.