Spotlight’s almost unrecognisable from its predecessor. No more skulking under the menu bar: it now opens brazenly in the centre of the screen. In fact, it behaves more like a launcher (like Alfred or LaunchBar) than the Spotlight of old.
It’s more useful, too. As well as allowing you to search for files and preview their contents, or launch an application, Spotlight now provides direct access to online data sources such as Wikipedia. Type in the name of, say, a movie, and it will pull that entry from Wikipedia and display a snippet. Type in the name of, say, a hotel, and it will show you a map of the area with a pin at its location. It’s a terrific update and while it won’t pull hardcore Quicksilver users away, it might be enough to tempt the rest of us to use Spotlight more often.