How can I use the new enterprise search capabilities in Windows 7 to search my internal Sharepoint site?

You can create a .osdx file for your SharePoint server by following this format which is for my site

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<OpenSearchDescription xmlns="; xmlns:ms-ose=""&gt;
<ShortName>WSSDemo Site</ShortName>
<Description>Search the Ian Morrish Sharepoint Demo site.</Description>
<Url type="application/rss+xml" template="{searchTerms}&amp;start={startIndex}&amp;s=WSSDemo%20Content"/&gt;
<Url type="text/html" template="{searchTerms}&amp;s=WSSDemo%20Content"/&gt;
<!– Win7 M3 syntax –>
<ms-ose:property name="TreatLinkAsEnclosure">-1</ms-ose:property>
<!– Win7 Beta syntax –>
<ms-ose:ResultsProcessing format="application/rss+xml">

Or click on this link if you want to try out searching from Windows 7. If you want to add the osdx file to your SharePoint server then you will have to add a mime type to IIS for the .osdx extension = application/opensearchdescription+xml


These instructions were taken from many sites, but here are some more helpful links..

Engineering win 7 blog

More federated search info

Scott Dorman’s blog