Now, don't get me wrong - Windows Desktop Search isn't a horrible tool. It does what it's supposed to do, searching you computer, pretty well. Of course, Google's Desktop Search system does a better job with less processor usage, but for MS, it's not so horrible.
My issue isn't so much with the mediocre search program - what gets me is the fact that Microsoft sent this out as a forced update. My Windows Software Update Services server pushed it out to my entire corporate network. Our servers are all in a ton of pain as they index themselves, and a few of our older desktops are actually choking under the index service.
I was not given a choice about this - I have our systems set to automatically approve CRITICAL updates and then give me a chance to review all others - and this one came through as an automatic update anyway. HOW, EXACTLY, is DESKTOP SEARCH a CRITICAL UPDATE?
I'm more than a little ticked about this... and I'm not alone. There are other people out there just as angry as I am.
Microsoft has put out a statement which seems to essentially say "Oh gee, sorry! Our bad! We won't let that happen again!"
Not good enough, MS. Not nearly good enough. I want an automated removal tool, NOW, so I don't have to worry about my network reindexing itself to death.