Google Desktop Search Officially Released
A couple of days ago, Google broght its desktop search utility out of the beta stage for an official release.
New to the official release is GDS's ability to index and search a number of new file types, which include:
- PDF files
- Multimedia files, including audio (MP3, WMA, WAV and more), images (JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP and more), and videos (AVI, MPG, WMV, and more), by meta-tag. For instance, you can search by song title or artist name.
- Web pages you've viewed using the Netscape 7+, Mozilla and Firefox browsers
- Email from Netscape Mail, Mozilla Mail and Thunderbird
Chris Richardson of WebProNews said,
"There is a running joke about how Google never brings any of their innovations out of the beta stage. The thinking is, if something breaks, Google can always say it was still in beta testing.
However, every now and then, Google will actually un-beta something, which happens to be the case with Google's desktop search utility."
Yahoo!, AskJeeves, and MSN all have desktop searches that are still in beta. Google is the first major search player to bring its desktop search out of the beta stage.
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