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MSN updated

by Nikola Strahija on May 16th, 2005 Microsoft released an upgrade to its MSN Search Toolbar today with Windows Desktop Search that includes the ability to preview documents on users' hard drives.

This upgraded version of the search toolbar, which requires Windows XP or Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 or later versions, features a new preview pane to let users view documents retrieved from their PCs.

Another enhancement is an increased capability to determine which files in a user's PC the toolbar should index. Microsoft has also created a Web site at, where users will find components created by third parties to extend the toolbar's desktop search functionality. Finally, the upgraded version getting unveiled today features new wizard-like setup tools as well as improved performance. In short time, Microsoft plans to add even more functions to MSN, such as tab browsing and desktop search for worklplace.

The Microsoft toolbar, which makes its desktop search functionality available from Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer and Outlook, can index and retrieve the metadata of over 200 different types of files, as well as the full text of some file types. At this point, the only e-mail files it indexes are those in Outlook 2000 or later versions and Outlook Express 6.0 or later versions.

The Microsoft toolbar, which requires Internet Explorer 5.01 or later versions, is available for free download at

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