Over the fold, a screenshot of Windows’ Vista advanced search interface.
What the hell were they thinking? It is a confused and cluttered mess.
Unfortunately I am trapped on the Windows platform for the moment due to commercial reasons. The best pairing of hardware and software (as well as licensing) at present is Apple and OSX. My personal laptop is an iBook for a reason.
Given the UI effort above, I am not surprised that Google is starting to intrude into Microsoft’s desktop space with the Google Desktop search tool.
The other issue is that since Windows XP, the searching inside files has not worked for me. It does not appear to work in Vista either. It is broken. I end up using grep from cygwin.
If I didn’t have to use VS.Net as part of my consultancy work, I would not have purchased this computer or this operating system. Windows is not disagreeable, though familiarity and personal history with it is counting for less and less, and it still usable for the most part; but it has been surpassed.