Hi, my name is Alex Song. I'm the product designer for the search component in "Hannover". I'm here to show you some of the changes and additions we're making to Notes search.
The most noticeable change is that we have added a global search toolbar in the upper-right. If you are looking for that e-mail sent to you two weeks ago or that meeting that is scheduled two months from now, you can simply type your search in the global search bar and get your results back in a tab. Speaking of typing your search in, you can enter your search keywords in Hannover like a typical web search. This means that a search for "rock band" will yield results with both words and rank those results higher than other results with either "rock" or "band" by itself.
Another thing you might notice about the global search bar is that you can click on the icon to the left of the search field. A menu of different search engines will pop up when you click on the icon, allowing you to search your mail, calendar, contacts, and even your favorite web search engine. This menu will be somewhat customizable so you can add third-party search plug-ins. I'd also like to point out that there is an option to search "All Mail" which looks beyond just your inbox. This is equivalent to searching the "All Documents" view in Mail. In addition, you'll still have the option to search your current view (not displayed in the image above) so you can search just the inbox if that's all you need.
So what do I see when I get back my results? When you perform a search in "All Mail", "All Contacts", or "All Calendar", your search results will appear in a new tab. Your results page will contain the familiar search bar that exists in Notes 7 so you can still perform advanced searches (you can even get to advanced search from the global search menu). You'll also notice the "Recent Searches" bar on the left. This is your search history. It shows a list of your previous searches, and it remembers which search engine you used. Clicking on any of the search keywords in the list will run the search for you. You can hide your "Recent Searches" or disable them completely from the preferences as well.
How do you feel about the changes to search? What do you think is the top issue with searching in Notes today? Let me know by posting your comments.