I have found that you can extend this functionality to other field types other than date fields (i.e. you can make it work with text, number, etc.) by modifying the syntax in the CRITERIA box.
However, this feature still does NOT support setting up MULTIPLE criteria (i.e. Date and Contract Number, for example) You can only have ONE CRITERIA option.
Like older versions, you can use the greater than/less than with an AND statement to get a range for this one criteria.