Google Desktop Search?
With all the buzz about a possible Google browser, Google
has quietly developed Google
What is Google Desktop Search?
Google Desktop Search is a program that runs on your Windows
computer. It allows you to search your hard disk for files.
Google describes it as follows:
"Google Desktop Search is [...] a desktop search
application that provides full text search over your email,
computer files, chats, and the web pages you've viewed. By
making your computer searchable, Google Desktop Search puts
your information easily within your reach and frees you from
having to manually organize your files, emails, and bookmarks."
Google Desktop Search is a beta program. This means that
Google is still working on the final version.
Limitations of Google Desktop Search
The current version of Google Desktop Search offers limited
application and format support. It searches for emails from
MS Outlook and Outlook Express, chat sessions from AOL Instant
Messenger, browsed web pages, text files and MS Office files.
Google Desktop Search also requires a newer MS Windows operating
system. You must have at least Windows 2000 or above. Google
Desktop Search will only install if you have 1 GB free hard
disk space on your primary hard disk.
There are some concerns that your private data may be not
secure if you're not careful.
For example, people could read your close chat discussions,
they could read your email messages and they could take a
look at the web pages you visited. More information can be
found in the Articles
of the week section below.
Should you install Google Desktop Search on your
If you have a hard time to find files on your computer, you
might want to give Google Desktop Search a try. However, you
should make sure that no other person has access to your computer
because of the privacy issues.
Details about Google Desktop Search can be found on
this page. A comparison of six desktop search tools can
be found here.