Microsoft Office 2010 includes Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and lots of other apps such as OneNote 2010, Visio 2010, Publisher 2010, etc. The contents of these apps are not indexable. This is where Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs come in.
Microsoft has released the Office 2010(Beta) Filter Packs, which provides a single point-of-distribution of Office IFilters. According to Microsoft, “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 to be used with Microsoft Search Services(SharePoint, SQL, Exchange, Windows Search). Please note that MS has released the filter pack for for free to be used with Office 2010 beta only.
The filter pack includes:
Legacy Office Filter (97-2003; .doc, .ppt, .xls)
Metro Office Filter (2007; .docx, .pptx, .xlsx)
Open Document Format Filter
Download Microsoft Office 2010(Beta) Filter Packs
Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available for download. It works with Windows XP(SP2 and SP3), Windows Vista(SP1), Windows Server 2003(SP2), Windows Server 2008 RC2, and Windows 7.