Thursday, February 09, 2006

Google Desktop Search 3.0

The Google Desktop Blog has a post detailing a lot of the new features in Google Desktop Search 3.  One of the big, new features of Google Desktop Search is the ability to search files remotely, called “Search Across Computers.”  It is very important to note that if you use the Search Across Computers function, you hard drive index data is loaded onto Google servers unlike in previous versions of Desktop Search where it was specifically stated that none of your data was stored on Google servers.  The upside of storing on Google servers is that you can search data even if the machine you are trying to search is turned off; the downside is that your information is stored on Google’s servers.  Search Across Computers specifically makes the following files searchable:

  • Web history (from Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape, and Mozilla)
  • Microsoft Word documents
  • Microsoft Excel spreadsheets
  • Microsoft PowerPoint presentations
  • PDF files and Text files in My Documents

Link — Google Desktop 3 beta

Link — Google Desktop Blog

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