The Outlook team has recently been made aware of a serious bug / flaw with the recently announced Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook, and as a result we wanted to provide the Outlook user community with additional details around this problem as well as information on how to address it.
The installation of the Google Apps Sync plugin disables Outlook’s ability to search any and all of your Outlook data. When a Google Apps user installs the sync plugin for Outlook, the plugin modifies a registry key which disables Windows Desktop Search from indexing and providing search functionality for all Outlook data, not just the Outlook data being synchronized from GMail. Because Outlook search relies upon the indexing performed by Windows Desktop Search, Outlook search functions are broken as a result. It is also important to note that uninstalling the plugin may not fix the issue.
wow - that is pretty troubling that Google would not find that bug before launch. One would think that almost sounds intentional. I wonder if MS will fire back with an Outlook update that disables the Google integration entirely?
I use the Google Search as my current search engine in Outlook, but I don't use the Sync feature. I've heard really good things about search in Outlook 2007, so for the pure entertainment value - this type of war would be fun to watch.