Kieran wrote:With Vista also maintaining index data of all (well, most) the data on the search scope, Isn't the replication of data (google's desktop search and others) a cause for concern? Any means being worked out for a standard index file format that can be used by other applications?
Any developer can interact with the Windows Desktop Search indexer in three ways:
1) You can add support for your file formats using an IFilter
2) You can add support for non-file based data stores using Protocol Handlers
3) You can access the data in the WDS indexer by sending a query and consuming the results. Right now this is done via OleDb. At the PDC, we showed some of the changes and enhancements that are being made to the WDS APIs for Vista and our future down-level releases.
Having multiple indexers is a possibility today and will continue to be a possibility in the future. However, there will obviously be a performance concern if you run more than one simultaneously.