Until RC2, one of the best features of Vista was its speedy, exceedingly powerful Search features. But with RC2, Microsoft essentially threw Search under the train, making some of the most bizarre user interface decisions imaginable. Why did Microsoft decide to decimate the great Search tool?
Until RC2, Search was always available in Windows Explorer via an extremely useful Search pane. In all previous Vista versions, you could turn on the Search Pane from any folder by choosing Organize –> Layout –> Search Pane.
Inexplicably, Microsoft killed the Search pane in RC2…sort of. That pane now appears and disappears for no logical reason. For example, if you open Windows Explorer to the Computer or the Desktop folder, the Search Pane option appears. But if you’re in other folders, the option isn’t there. If there’s some logic to this, it thoroughly escapes me.
However, if you type anything in the search box, the option will appear in any folder…but if you delete the text in the search box, it won’t appear.
Why, you may ask? Again, there’s no logic here at all. I asked Microsoft if this behavior was a bug, which would eventually be fixed. I was assured that no, it was instead a conscious decision. I then asked for the logic behind it. None was forthcoming.
There are other problems with Search as well, most notably that by default, it indexes very few folders.
Anyone out there have any idea why Microsoft has decided to go a long way towards destroying what was one of Vista’s best features? If so, let me know.