Hello Google Desktop Search, Goodbye Yahoo Desktop Search

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Finally there’s a desktop search product that’s actually useful to me: Google Desktop. I had tried the previous version of GDS a bit …

as well as the company dog food (Yahoo Desktop Search or YDS). But both lacked the ability to search the most important asset on my computer: my e-mail archive.

… Being one who does not use Outlook, that meant I was on my own until now. The latest GDS release has the ability to index Thunderbird mailboxes.

This is the killer feature for me. My computer just got twice as useful. It’s funny how sometimes it just takes one feature to completely change your mind about a product, isn’t it?

Thank you, Google.

And yes, before you ask, I have pointed out how useful this feature would be in YDS to anyone who’d listen. More than once. And no, I can’t tell you if you should expect to see it or when that might be–so don’t ask.

Any bets on how long it takes for someone to write a Thunderbird Extension that adds a GDS search box to the interface?

Hopefully I’ll be able to stay awake long enough for the indexing to finish. I slept for about 3 hours on the 10 hour flight back from Tokyo and am now rather out of sync with the local time zone. There is much to catch up on, not the least of which is sleep.

Jeremy Zawodny is the author of the popular Jeremy Zawodny’s blog. Jeremy is part of the Yahoo search team and frequently posts in the Yahoo! Search blog as well.

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Hello Google Desktop Search, Goodbye Yahoo Desktop Search
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