Microsoft Mike Torres talkes about Natural Language Search option in Windows Vista —”I just stumbled upon something in Windows Vista that totally made my day (considering I’m writing this at 6:00am on a flight down to San Jose, at least I suspect it will make my day… until my head hits the pillow again!)”
A few years ago, I was hooked on a Microsoft-internal desktop search tool called FindMyStuff. It was a research project that ended up spawning the first version of MSN Desktop Search… which eventually became Windows Desktop Search. The beauty of this application, and what (for some reason) was removed when it was productized, was the ability to use natural language to search for anything on your machine. And the user interface was smart enough to break down your query as you typed it so you knew how it was being interpreted by the system. It was crazy cool.
Microsoft, Windows Vista