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15 October, 2004

Searching some desktops

The BBC reports the beta release of Google's new Desktop Search utility which, once it has indexed one's hard disk:

... lets people search e-mails in Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express, as well as files in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and in plain text.  It also searches web pages viewed in Internet Explorer and instant messages in AOL Instant Messenger.
Nothing for me, then.  I don't use any of those packages.  I wonder if Google have heard of Thunderbird, Open Office, Firefox and er, people with no interest in instant messaging.

Okay, it searches plaintext too.  That's something, but hardly an incentive to download a new application.

[07/03/05: See update]

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