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Johanne Torres[October 15, 2004]

Google Searches Your PC


We all knew it was coming, and now its here…Google Desktop Search beta. The search experts at Google did it again; they just launched a free, downloadable desktop version of their search service.

The program will let you f ind your email in Outlook and Outlook Express, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, Web history stored in Internet Explorer and AOL Instant Messenger chats instantly; view Web pages you've seen, even when you're not online.

After downloading Google Desktop Search beta, you can search your PC items just as you would search the Internet using Google. The program updates continually for most file types, so that when you receive a new email in Outlook, for example, you can search for it within seconds. The index of searchable information created by the program is stored on your own PC.

Google Desktop Search beta “caches" or stores Web page content viewed on Internet Explorer so that you can later look at that same version of the page, even if its live content has changed or you're offline. Google Desktop Search beta then organizes email search results into conversations, so that all email messages in the same thread are grouped into a single search result.

Google has been pretty busy expanding its service offerings. This announcement follows Google’s recently launched Google short messaging service (SMS) last week.

Johanne Torres is the contributing editor for TMCnet.com and Internet Telephony magazine. Previously, she was the assistant editor for EContent magazine in Connecticut. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]

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