MSTN once again comes through for us by alerting us to the arrival of the second beta release of Windows Desktop Search 3.0. Guess what…this one actually has a user interface! Who woulda thunk it!? (I still can’t believe they pushed out a beta without a UI – what a stupid, stupid move.) This 2nd beta release appears to have one major improvement and one major flaw.
The improvement is in the speed at which it searches – lightning fast. What took 4-5 seconds to pull up before now takes less than a second…I’m truly impressed. The resources that WDS consumes have also been cut down. The flaw, on the other hand, has prompted me to uninstall the app within 30 minutes of installing it: no support for network shares. According to Brandon Paddock’s blog, this – as well as support for FAT32 drives – will be added in the next release. Access to network shares is a must for me so, unfortunately, I’m going to have to bail on this beta but WDS 3.0 certainly shows promise. There’s no doubt about that.