Federated Search [TECH]

Federated Search

I love this! Windows 7 (Ultimate or Enterprise) has a feature called Federated Search (wikipedia link).  It’s awesome, read on for more!

What does it do?

You know the Windows 7 search tool within a Windows explorer window? (see screenshot below).  Well, Federated Search allows you to search for pretty much anything, anywhere (on the Internet that is).  So, that simple search box which you may have used to search for files on your computer can now be used to find Youtube videos, Microsoft Technet articles, Torrent files and much much more.  The results are displayed in the window just like any other search result on your computer.  You can double click them to open, copy and save any of the results (actually shortcuts to the original location) to locations on your computer for later use and so on!  (How about saving them to your Dropbox folder so they are there when you get to one of your other PC’s?

Screenshot

Notice on the left I have a few extra folders on the left? Youtube and Microsoft TechNet for instance?  Top right shows I have search for the word ‘runes of magic’ (it’s game ok?) and the results from the Youtube site are displayed below all from my Windows desktop!

If you’d like to know how it works – message me!

Jonathan out