For Searching Outlook, X1 Rocks (Lookout Gone)
I feel the same way about X1 that Joel feels about Lookout (http://radio.weblogs.com/0118865/categories/softwareFeatures/2003/10/10.html#a191). And X1 is still available for purchase, at $99 (www.x1.com).
I tried Lookout, but it hard crashed every time I asked to put its index files on the same hard drive where my email lives. I was going to report the problem on their tech support board, but they wanted me to set up a login account, so I emailed it instead.
I made something like this (as a product for my company -- with cache and web front-end and all) for Office structured documents except that you can define even more complex search criteria (e.g.: select only presentations with references to Slide X in presentation Y, regex matching, etc). It's a handy sort of thing to have.
Well, MS has legal troubles all the time over email, backups and correspondence which conveniently disappears during "discovery." Cringley has some articles about this. I suspect the simplest excuse for why Lookout is now gone has more to do with making discovery harder for folks sueing MS.
Couldn't it also be a step of MS trying to force people to upgrade to longhorn, since it would have built in searching capabilities? If people can still use Lookout, why would they upgrade?
I concede that $100 is pricey, but it is worth it (especially since my employer pays). X1 works great, exceeds expectations. I should have added, it has some other good indexing capabilities: it indexes files, including network drives; and also indexes attachments within emails.
Maybe you want to use Synopsis instead. It's more than a mail search engine. You can search local files, mails, add rss feeds, google searches and your own memos to your knowledge bases. And with our Pro version you can even search within the local network. We offer a HOME Edition for only €29.00 - www.mind-breeze.com/de/buytry.html
Lookout shows up on microsoft.com:
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