In many ways, our organisation of personal information on our computers is still very limited and one dimensional. How many times have you searched for a key piece of information, not fully remembering whether it was held in an e-mail, a file, a web page or whatever? Probably a few.

New technology from Microsoft is designed to quickly search a hardrive for a search term, and is able to search not just files but e-mails and even e-mail attachments.

"The PC search technology... allowed a computer user to search within Microsoft's Outlook e-mail client as well as within Windows folders such as My Documents."

Getting this new capability will not involve a Windows upgrade (like a new version or a service pack) but will involve a software install.

Longhorn, the next generation Microsoft Windows operating system (due out much later), is likely to have something similar but far cooler.