Brandon on shell blog —Lately there’s been some stir about a project at Microsoft often referred to by codenames like “Casino” and “OneView.” The team behind Casino started the project with some clear goals: to bridge the gap between searching local and remote data, and to create a next-generation desktop search experience building on the current Windows Search platform (offered in Windows Vista and Windows XP with WDS). The team consisted of developers from the original Windows Desktop Search team along with a team coming out of Microsoft Research who had built a next-generation Search prototype called “Tesla.”
Readers of the Find My Stuff blog will recall that for a time this project was considered for a Windows Live branded release. However we came to realize that Live wasn’t really the place for us. Offering a “Windows” experience and a “Windows Live” experience that tried to solve the same problems only served to confuse our customers. “Why is this separate from Windows Desktop Search?” people would ask – and rightfully so, I think. As completion of Windows Vista and Office 2007 neared, we began thinking about where the technology best belonged. And with the completion of these products came an opportunity to refocus our efforts and align ourselves with our customers’ needs and expectations.
So what happened to our technology? Basically, we found a new home for it J We’re very excited that now “Casino” is a part of Windows. What does this mean for “Casino”? Well, in the short term it means we won’t be offering a public preview as soon as we’d hoped. There are a lot of benefits that come with being part of Windows: better integration, improved enterprise manageability, and easier deployment. Making a change like this takes time and effort, but in the end we think it’s the best thing for our customers.
We’ve got a new name too. What we called “Casino” is now called Windows Search 4. And it’s alive and well. We’re releasing a preview of Windows Search 4 to some of our enterprise customers so we can get lots of solid feedback about what it is that companies want Windows Search to do.