Google releases new Desktop Search

August 23, 2005

Google has released a new version of their Google Desktop Search client dubbed Google Desktop Search Version 2 Beta, very original. Its biggest new feature is Sidebar, which is much like the feature in the next version of Windows also called Sidebar, that is if it hasn’t been dropped again like I had heard it had. Sidebar for GDS comes with several handy features like search as you type, Google News, weather, stocks, Gmail indexing, a scratch pad, and the ability to add more through plug-ins. The new version seems to add some new security features also like encryption for your index. Looking at some of the features it seems they are catching up with MSN and their own Windows Desktop Search, but they still have some work to do.

Is it just me or does it seem like Microsoft seems to be behind the curve in every thing but their MSN division? MSN seems to be popping out projects, that work, while the rest of the company is still trying to catch up. MSN seems to have their act together and can get the job done very well in less time. I think the company (Windows team) needs a field trip to the MSN division to see how work gets done and not delayed.

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