Windows Phone 8 may get universal search

Windows Phone 8 may get universal search
One of the knocks we had against Windows Phone in our recent review of its stock apps was that there was no universal search option for the system. You could search contacts in the People app, or apps in your programs list, etc., but each search option was separate and only found in the section you were searching. That issue may become a thing of the past with Windows Phone 8.

According to the rumors (and the screenshot), it seems that WP8 will indeed feature universal search, which should pull results from your contacts, apps, games, messaging, music, and possibly more. If you've seen any previews of Windows 8, there is a similar feature, although much more robust, where when you put in a search term, it gives a list of sources to search including the web, contacts, the Marketplace and various apps on your system. It's unclear if WP8 will be that robust as to allow searching in apps from the universal search, but it is possible. 

Universal search in WP8 is said to be available directly from the Start screen, but no mention on if it would be part of the Bing search. If WP8 functions like WP7, the physical search button on a device launches the Bing search app, and any other kinds of search need to be initiated via software buttons found around the system. It would be nice if these options were pulled together like they were in Android 2.x, when handsets had physical search buttons. 

source: Insideris via WMPU

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12 Comments

1. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Good News for Nokia.

2. dax0330

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 01, 2012

good for MS, as they have the capacity to reduce the limitations of WP8 to make it a more competitive OS.

3. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Don't forget to try Windows 8 Release Preview

7. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

i was stunned on that video release on youtube... xD cant wait to try Windows 8... =D

4. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

This is considered a basic function. I think this type of upgrade is expected in Windows 8. You know- those functions that get it even with Android and iOS. I am more excited to see how improvements to Live tiles, Office, integration of social contacts, the development of the Microsoft ecosystem, and the other "unique" aspects of WP will be improved. You know: those functions that make it different from Android and iOS and may give it an advantage to use it over those two.

5. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Lets Talk after wp8 announcement

10. blade

Posts: 32; Member since: May 28, 2012

Microsoft future depends on the release of windows 8 there tablet market and there phone market too also they need to mature thier os not like adding a search button is a not big deal windows 8 should feature lte nfc using of multiple cores custimization and many things so due to that fucking balmer nokias future could be in danger i would say that nokia would bash everyone if they had control over wp7 os stupid idiotic ballmer

11. RoyalTroll

Posts: 32; Member since: May 16, 2012

Windows will never be able to catch up to android let alone iOS. Apple is king!

12. jtech

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

^^^Typical, comming from an apple troll

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