With the retail availability of Office 2010 just a couple of days ago Microsoft has released the official and final filter pack which has been updated to include the new file formats in the newest version of Office.
So what is the filter pack?
The Microsoft Filter Pack is a single point-of-distribution for Office IFilters. IFilters are components that allow search services to index content of specific file types, letting you search for content in those files. They are intended for use with Microsoft Search Services (Sharepoint, SQL, Exchange, Windows Search).
Install this product if you want to search for content in the file types listed below.
The Filter Pack includes:
- Legacy Office Filter (97-2003; .doc, .ppt, .xls)
- Metro Office Filter (2007; .docx, .pptx, .xlsx)
- Zip Filter
- OneNote filter
- Visio Filter
- Publisher Filter
- Open Document Format Filter
- Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7; Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2; Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2; Windows Vista Service Pack 1; Windows XP Service Pack 2; Windows XP Service Pack 3
The Microsoft Filter Pack requires the Microsoft Search Service.