Windows Desktop SearchEver since the MSN team released their first beta toolbar with Windows Desktop Search, developers have been asking how they can add its search functionality to their own programs. Well, the wait is over – the MSN team have quietly added documentation for their Windows Desktop Search API. Oh, and an SDK. And examples of SQL queries. And a command-line interface.

How did I find this out? Because I’m subscribed to the RSS feed of the Channel 9 wiki, and I saw this little diff go by. Yup, that’s the search team doing an update to their own pages on the wiki before they make a formal announcement. Besides, they’re probably too busy telling people about the new international versions of their toolbar :)

I’m looking forward to seeing how people use this in their own applications. Go nuts! And once you’ve built something cool, why not put a note about it on the wiki? After all, that’s why it’s there.

Update: Dare wants C# wrappers so that he can hook it in to RSS Bandit. So does Channel 9!

Category: Windows XP