I think I have mentioned in previous blog posts that I am a compulsive "filer" in the filer versus piler debate.

I don't tend to have a busy desktop or an inbox with 2000 messages, my desktop and inbox only really have emails and documents that I am working on currently.

So, the well known problem of searching has never really been an issue for me, I tend to know where things are, and just a few clicks will take me to the folder in My Documents or my inbox. However... recently my inbox has become far more complex and the matrix like structure of work means that emails have ended up in sometimes random folders. I have ended up with somewhere between 40 and 60 folders, which is spread across my Inbox and Outlook .pst files.

In Beta 2, I could not use the Outlook search feature because there was a known bug which meant that it did not (in some cases) allow you to extend searches to your .pst files - rendering the feature useless to me really, having about 80% of my emails in .pst files.  

But now that I have upgraded to the Technical Refresh, I am revelling in Outlook search :-) It's so easy just to type in the name of the person who sent you the email or the subject, or something you think might be in the body text and then just select the option to search in all Mail Folders if the mail is not in the folder that you are currently in.

I really thought that search was only for the pilers among us, but it seems that it can really help us over- complicated filers too. I'll have to see how I find the very cool search in all the different places in Windows Vista now that I have taken the brave plunge in to Release Candidate 1 :-)