Microsoft Corp. has joined the desktop search fray with its release Monday of the beta test version of a suite of tools designed to let users find information stored in their PCs.
The new MSN Toolbar Suite is free and available for download now at http://beta.toolbar.msn.com/. In addition to an updated version of the MSN Toolbar for conducting Web searches using the company's Internet Explorer browser, the suite includes various toolbars for searching users' hard drives.
Among the PC files the suite can index and retrieve are calendar items, contacts and e-mail messages from Microsoft Outlook, as well as Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint files. The suite also indexes Adobe Systems Inc. PDF files.
Available now in English, the suite is expected to be released in other languages next year.
"People expect Microsoft to do a fantastic job on client code and searching within Windows and Office, and what we have delivered here