Video: A demo of new Search features in Windows 7

ZDNet's Ed Bott shows you the new search features you will find when Windows 7 is released on October 22, 2009.

In Windows Vista, Microsoft introduced several new Search features, particularly the Search box at the bottom of the Start menu. With Windows 7, Microsoft is taking the search idea to the next step by adding Search boxes to several different areas within the operating system.

In this video, ZDNet's Ed Bott, blogger of Ed Bott's Microsoft Report, shows you how the new Search features work. It is yet another aspect of Windows 7 that will help users organize and move about the operating system more efficiently.


Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.

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I have been slow to adopt the search features of Windows Vista, but for Windows 7 search looks to be a more integral part of the way the OS will work. Do you use Windows search features now? Does this video lead you to believe you will use search more in Windows 7?


I was using Launchy ( in windows XP heavily and I adopted the search box in Start menu mediately. It was a tiny step to start using the search for documents and email (although I was using windows search in Outlook 2007 from the beginning). I'm glad this is included in Windows 7 as now I don't have to use mouse so much any more (also for opening folders). The only thing I miss on Windows desktop are virtual desktops (something like VirtuaWin - integrated in OS.

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