Google has added support for the OpenSearch protocol to its Google Search Appliances opening up federated search to Windows 7 and Internet Explorer
The Moshare iPhone app from Moprise connects your Apple iPhones to Microsoft Sharepoint server sites and provides wasy access to documents, libraries and lists.
With Federated Search Windows 7 can use remote enterprise search solutions such as SharePoint using OpenSearch. This guide shows how to configure this with Active Directory Group Policy Preferences
Ian over at WSSDemo has put up some sample code for federating your Windows 7 Search with SharePoint. Given how quickly SharePoint is spreading throughout businesses I can see this being very useful indeed, especially as it includes file preview.
Whilst the release of Exchange and Sharepoint Online are good moves both for MS and customers, it’s the next generation of Online services that may be the ones to worth waiting for.