Friday, July 28, 2006

Microsoft, search, and the desktop

Steve Lohr at the NYT reports on Microsoft's plans for search, integration into the desktop and Office applications:
Internet search, according to Microsoft, will increasingly become seamlessly integrated into the Windows desktop operating system, Office productivity software, cellphones powered by Windows, and Xbox video games.

"Search will not be a destination, but it will become a utility" that is more and more "woven into the fabric of all kinds of computing experiences," said Kevin Johnson, co-president of Microsoft's platforms and services division.
More detail and the full context is available from the transcript of one of the sessions of Microsoft's analyst day. I particularly like this additional snippet: "It's not just about search, it's about being able to find, ... share, and use the information that you have."

See also my previous post, "Using the desktop to improve search", where I said, "Is it really natural to go to a web browser to find information? Or should information be readily available from the desktop and sensitive to the context of your current task?"

1 comment:

b7j0c said...

yes, of course you are right, search should be a pervasive function in the various contexts it can arise on the desktop. that said, people will still fire up a browser and go to google.

users have been trained to search like this and this training is hard to break. it also still makes sense - the target objects retrieved by these searches will still most likely be thigns people want rendered in browsers (meaning, you are more likely to search for things on the web than things on your disk).