The long anticipated MSN Desktop Search application finally made its debut today, joining the horse race that's shaping up between Google Desktop, the forthcoming desktop search applications from Ask Jeeves and Yahoo, and offerings from smaller companies such as Copernic, Blinkx, Autonomy and many others.
My initial impressions of the application are favorable. The program is fast, results are generally high quality, and the indexer is polite, playing nice (so far) with other desktop search applications. About the only downside is that MSN has embedded desktop search into its search toolbar, taking up yet more precious browser window space. But this is a minor quibble given the functionality built into both the toolbar and the desktop search app. For more, read on in today's SearchDay article MSN Joins the Desktop Search Fray.