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Gary points to an article by Ben Elgin of Business Week. He takes a look at the recent desktop search offerings and closes with some ideas about how the search engines can make some money from desktop searches.
Late yesterday, Yahoo announced the launch of their desktop search application that will compete directly with offerings from Google and MSN. At first glance, YDS appears superior in features and performance to Google and MSN desktop search apps.
The past year will be remembered as the most interesting year in the history of search, that is until this time next year. 2004 witnessed the end of the search engine cold-war and the beginning of what is likely to be an intense rivalry between Google and MSN. It also showed a clear demarcation between who’s hot and who’s not in the business of search.
The “in” item for big four of the search industry (Google, Yahoo, MSN, and, Ask Jeeves) is Desktop Search utilities. By early next year, all the major search platforms will/should have a branded, functional Desktop Search (DTS) model for the masses to use.
America Online is offering a beta version of their desktop search utility, which is powered by Copernic. This download is available to all AOL members. The AOL/Copernic partnership also indicates that desktop search has become another hot spot for search developers.
Copernic today launched version 1.2 of their desktop search tool, which brings a host of new improvements and capatibility with Mozilla’s Firefox browser, the first desktop search to do so.
The MSN Search Team pointed out in their blog that postings of screenshots of their desktop search product are unauthorized.
Interest in a better and integrated desktop search product is swelling, and it may add a new dimension to the features that end-users demand. According to IDC, software vendors must decide whether desktop search should be a standalone product or a necessary feature.
In this era of Internet, most people are frequent users of computers. Many of us use computers through out the day, accumulating morasses of information in various formats, which include email, digital photo, word document, spreadsheet, presentation file, ebook, article, other downloaded files, music, visited web pages, and many others. We stuff them in multiple folders in our PC. Before we know it, our hard drives become a storeroom of misplaced items. As a result, finding a needed file of information some times become a daunting task!
I suppose I was naive when I cheered the new Google Desktop Search tool thinking it was ONLY a great way to help ease my computer info-glut and help organize my hundreds of hard-drive stored documents, emails and files. It seems that now I have to worry about how bad guys and busybodies will use it to spy on me!
In response to growing security concerns among professional and business email users, anti-spam service provider OnlyMyEmail.com has now enabled Secured Sockets Layer (SSL encryption) for all of their WebMail clients.
Google Desktop Search Software can’t find your lost keys or tell you where you left the Tivo remote control, or that your glasses are on top of your head, where you left them. But the beta software from Google Labs is nothing short of mandatory for those with more emails, Word documents, Powerpoint, Excel and PDF files than they know what to do with. That’s me.
We’re all used to searching the web at blazing fast speeds: picking out the right webpages among the five billion choices takes only a few hundredths of a second. Yet when it comes to searching a relative puddle compared to that ocean, the number of files, e-mails and documents on our computer, the average person is stuck wasting minutes or even hours using Windows’ standard search program.
With desktop search being one of the remaining frontiers for the search engine industry, there is competition to see who can develop an effective means of searching contents on a computer. Recently, a few software packages have upped the ante considerably. Copernic, Blinkx, and the announcement of Mac’s Spotlight are a few of the better-developed solutions.
ISYS Search Software’s Industry-Leading Desktop Search Tool for Business and Government Acknowledged for Its Usability, Flexibility and Market Penetration.
Copernic Technologies today announced Copernic Desktop Search (CDS). Copernic has used the experience gained from over 30 million downloads of its Windows-based Web search software to develop CDS, a desktop search product that users are saying is far superior to anything on the market today.
Citing a need for a search utility that performs “crawling, indexing, ranking and displaying”, the developers at KDE have announced their intentions of including a desktop search utility when the newest version of KDE is released. The reason for the creation of such a utility comes from the fact that the developers of KDE believe it’s easier to search for files on the Internet than it is to do so on home computers.
Steve Jobs, CEO of Macintosh, revealed a new file search technology for the upcoming update of Mac’s operating system. The search feature, called Spotlight, will allow Mac users to search for files, words, concepts and documents they have stored on their hard drive. Spotlight is based on the search technology used by iTunes.
Yesterday, June 9, 2004, Ask Jeeves filed a Form S-3 with the SEC in order to sell an additional $400 million worth of stock and securities. Today Jeeves announced the purchase of Tukaroo Inc., a company that researches and develops desktop search technology.
Action files enable you to unclutter your desk yet still keep reminders and current papers close at hand. Also known as working files, these files are usually separate from — and in addition to – client, project, or reference files. Action files are for current or pending activities and miscellaneous things you must act on.
Like most people who spend time online, I have a number of Web sites I read on a daily basis. I recently noticed that I was checking an average of five to ten Web sites every other hour when I wanted to see if there were any new articles or updates to the content on a site. This prompted me to investigate the likelihood of creating a desktop application that would do all the legwork for me and alert me when new content appeared on my favorite Web sites.
If you’re like me, you’ve considered eliminating Windows from your computer at some point. The upgrade scheme is confusing, and there’s an endless stream of hacks, viruses, worms, and exploits that target Windows computers exclusively.
Linux, by comparison, appears to be more stable. It seems to require less maintenance, and there aren’t any legal strings attached to it. It does, however, have a “geeks only” reputation that scares away many novices early on. Recently, Red Hat, a Linux software company, has made an effort to change that techs-only image.
Don’t Believe the FUD … or the Hype
While Microsoft spreads fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) over free software, the advocates often oversell community software on pure enthusiasm; there are truths on both sides. You can’t blame the geeks who laboured years without recognition, budgets or marketing: By their ideas alone, whole governments are now choosing their work over wares honed by the world’s richest vendors! Between the FUD and the hype, there are community alternatives for most business needs, but there are also rough edges.