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Windows Phone 8 may get universal search

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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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posted on 01 Jun 2012, 20:47 6

1. Johnnokia (Posts: 1144; Member since: 27 May 2012)

Good News for Nokia.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 23:48 4

2. dax0330 (Posts: 23; Member since: 01 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 02:03 6

3. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Don't forget to try Windows 8 Release Preview

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 05:08 3

7. shadez10 (Posts: 427; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

i was stunned on that video release on youtube... xD

cant wait to try Windows 8... =D

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 02:39 3

4. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 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.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 04:35 3

5. PhansMuneeb (Posts: 371; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

Lets Talk after wp8 announcement

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 09:28

10. blade (Posts: 32; Member since: 28 May 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

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 14:15

11. RoyalTroll (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 May 2012)

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

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 12:46

12. jtech (Posts: 101; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)

^^^Typical, comming from an apple troll

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