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Tom Murphy

Google Search Update…

Back in August I took a look at a whole host of different tools that can help with your day-to-day productivity.

The release of the beta Google desktop adds yet another tool to the mix.  There’s been a lot of comments on the new search tool, here’s my two cents.

First up, to dispel a myth, Google desktop works with Firebird/Mozilla just fine.

As a search tool, Google desktop doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of X1 or DT Search but it doesn’t matter in my opinion.

The advantage of Google desktop is that it’s fast, works as part of your daily browsing habit and doesn’t take over your computer.

I’m already a fan. When I am researching something I primarily use Google, when the results come back, at the top of the page, are results from my hard drive. This has already saved me a lot of time.  It only searches Outlook/Outlook Express e-mail, Office documents and Text files but for my purposes that’s perfect.  It also keeps a record of previous websites you’ve visited (you can turn it off) which is a real productivity feature if you’re browsing a lot.

X1 and DT Search give you more powerful features, but if you’re looking for a tool that will save you time finding information in Microsoft Office and Outlook then I recommend this tool.

It is fast and sits nicely with your existing work practices.

Footnote:

Google have also just released an SMS search facility for US mobile phone users.

Written by Tom Murphy

October 18, 2004 at 8:56 am

Posted in General

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