MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Reuters) – Google Inc. on Thursday rolled out a preliminary version of its new desktop search tool, making the first move against its major competitors in the race to provide tools for finding information buried in computer hard drives.
Google Desktop allows users to search e-mail in Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express, chat threads in AOL Instant Messenger, as well as Web pages viewed in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. It also helps users search plain text, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, among other things.
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IMMEDIATELY, I downloaded and installed it! Of course, I also give you my first hand review of Google Desktop Search! Read on!
Google Desktop Search Screenshots
Google Desktop Search Homepage [google.com]
Google Desktop Search results [google.com]
More Google Desktop official screenshots…
Google Desktop Search Review
Google Desktop download size is very small(only 400KB) and installation is easy. No configuration needed. Once installed, a colorful trayicon will sit in windows system tray and launchs default browser to load Google Desktop Search homepage.
There is no lacking or any slowdown from installation until Google Desktop loads, but it already indexed over 700 items(167 emails, 84 web history, and 473 files) on my computer! That’s fast!
Google Desktop Search shows result found in different types
Google Desktop Search display files found using the associated programs but display emails found in the browser. To my surprise, emails can view by conversation(thread)!
Google Desktop Search shows emails thread
But, I found that only newsgroup messages will be threaded, not for normal emails. If it is not due to incomplete file indexing(since this is first run), I wish it will works like Gmail’s email thread.
For web history result, it looks exactly same as normal Google search, except that you are searching your “Internet Explorer” web history. One of my local saved HTML file is CACHED, and it really shows the older version of the file! Wow! So scary! :shock:
For the Chat search, since I do not use AIM, I cannot test it…
If you worry about Google Desktop Search file indexing process will cause performance drop, I can tell you that no performance drop being detected on my OLD Pentium box. Basically. it only works when you are not using your PC. :)
Google Desktop Search Download:
In a nutshell, Google Desktop Search is performing well. However, the search area seems to be limited to Microsoft sofwares files. Google Desktop Search is almost useless for me, since I do not use Outlook, AIM and Internet Explorer.