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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Google Releases Desktop Search 1.0

On Monday Google officially launched Desktop Search 1.0. The beta version of the program first launched in October, and now version 1.0 adds the ability to search PDF, music, video, and image files. In additio, Desktop Seach 1.0 supports the Firefox and Netscape browsers and the Thunderbird and Netscape e-mail clients. To top it off, Google is making APIs available to software developers in order to spur development of plug-ins for the program, which will add the ability to search other content types.

Google states that Desktop Search is the first to search the full text of webpage history. In addition, it is currently the only desktop search program that searches AOL instant messages. A new free-standing search box also comes with the full version of the program that can be placed anywhere on the desktop. A nice feature that users will find handy is the ability to recover lost documents/text via the software's caching feature.

Desktop Search also takes security concerns into consideration, enabling users to block HTTPS webpages. Password-protected Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel documents are also excluded from its searches.

You can download Google Desktop Search for free. Requirements: WinXP or Win2K with Service Pack 3.

More info from Google's Press Release.



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