Microsoft scrambling to catch Apple Mac’s searching capabilities

“Microsoft Corp. is developing technology that takes search functions beyond the Internet, allowing users to pore through e-mails, personal computers and even big databases to find information, a top executive said Wednesday,” The Associated Press reports. “The system ‘will, as far as the consumer is concerned, be an end-to-end system for searching across any data type,’ Yusuf Mehdi, head of Microsoft

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  1. I thought Thurott said that OS X was “lagging behind” XP in critical areas. I guess this wasn’t one of them. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Thurott is my pet bitch and Balmer is my dancing monkey boy.

    Redmond is my circus and my customers are cattle.

    I got out of the Justic Department mess by threating to break up Microsoft and selling it to the Japanese and export millions of jobs overseas.

    I announced my new X-Box was going to use the new IBM G5 chips, so I bought a truckload of PowerMac G5’s, gave the technology to my asian chipmaker friends and announced they are going to make my new X-box chips after they successfully copied the chip.

    My new Longhorn will be adopted by all buisnesses, see because if they don’t then they will not be able to find any trained employees or be combatable with my stuff.

    I’ll pull my connections and deny them buisness or buy a competitor and run them out of buisness.

    I’ll even buy their advertising places, whole newspapers, magazines, tv stations etc.

    I rule the world, for I am Billy Goat Gates!

    It’s either my way or the highwway.

    See even your beloved Mac Daily News takes my money in advertising.

    They work for me too. LOL

  3. Geeze, this scares me. Imagine being able to “find” things easily in Windoze. Productivity would actually increase; the economy could turn around — the mind boggles.

  4. as long as mac cost 50% more then wintel

    it doesn’t matter

    what apple should do about the price is not compete head on

    but do what Honda and Toyota does

    place a small premium

  5. The Man-X

    Bull.
    It is actually windoze that costs 50% more.
    Take xServe and compare it to similar Dull (1U dual proc). Then ad windoze server licenses for 30-people and surprise! It costs 50% more than xServe.

    Apple at the moment is very price competitive they are only lagging model that could compete price vice with the 386 price range ie obsolete pc models that are sold to dummies as e-mail machines.

    If you don�t believe me please check the prices from IBM, Dull, HP and so on and remember to ad windoze licenses to every machine. Also remember to ad Bluetooth, Firewire and Wi-Fi capabilities to every machine so that you compare right machines.

    Dull costs very often more than Apple. IBM is also expensive.
    (Now I am talking about servers and business machines)
    Also check what the Red Hat Linux licenses costs.

    So repeat after me. Apple is so cheap that next time I will buy two.

  6. This is funny, I always thought the search stuff was one of the cruder aspects of Pather – you’re in a given directory and type in a string and it searches everywhere, unless you make a selection and pick “selection”. The entire finder seems less like the attainment of a refined state than an initial attempt at a new direction of a more browser-like interface. I expect Tiger will be making some definite improvements here. I don’t know anything about what Windows is like I never use it.

  7. The next time, I will buy two. The next time, I will buy two. The next time, I will buy two. The next time, I will buy two. The next time, I will buy two. The next time, I will buy two. The next time, I will buy two. The next time, I will buy two.

  8. Apple is so cheap that next time I will buy two — the next top-of-the-line prosumer and top-of-the-line consumer. What the hell, I’ll eat cereal for the rest of the year — full of goodness and nutrition. Not too heavy; not too light — Just Right!

    The next time I will buy Just Right.
    The next time I will buy Just Right.
    The next time I will buy Just Right.
    The next time I will buy Just Right.
    The next time I will buy Just Right.
    The next time I will buy Just Right.

    All right, give it to me now, someone.

  9. A file system that has data that is easily searched must be fairly open.

    Virus writers must be wringing their hands in glee at the thought of destroying all that data….

  10. odd ogg — Windoze search is a nightmare. Awful interface. If you find anything at all using Windoze search, color yourself lucky. Mac find is lightyears ahead. [fnord]

    The next time, I will buy two.
    The next time, I will buy two.
    The next time, I will buy two…

  11. Yeah I definitely don’t find XP search very intuitive. 9 times out of 10 I don’t find what I am looking for. OSX search function is so deep that it finds files I didn’t even remember I had.

  12. Search using windows is so cool all ready… this will be so much better !

    Searching with XP.

    Where is the file you are looking for?
    I don’t know that is why I am looking for it.

    What type of file is it?
    I can’t remember that is why I am looking for it.

    Then the dumb dog sits there and scratches itself…
    While the flashlight goes back and forth…

    I love the user interface of XP it feels so at home in the “real IT world”

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