June 30, 2005 9:03 AM PDT
Microsoft opens desktop search
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Microsoft has published application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow programmers to display the results of a desktop search in their choice of programs.
The APIs, which were released earlier this week, are still in beta testing.
Microsoft's MSN division released Windows Desktop Search in May, a few months after Google launched its own, called Google Desktop. Windows Desktop Search already has a few features for customizing searches, such as the ability to speed up search results by creating indexes.
Google, too, has its own API and software developer kit that lets people link Google Desktop to different applications.
Once these search capabilities are baked into Longhorn, Microsoft is expected to make APIs available to developers to build customized searches.
Apple Computer, meanwhile, already has an API available to allow developers to write plug-ins for the Spotlight search feature in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.
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