Google Press Release: Google Announces Desktop
Desktop Search for Email, Files, Web History, and Instant
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - October 14, 2004 -
Google Inc. today announced a beta desktop search application
that enables users to search their email, files, web history,
and chats. Called Google Desktop Search, this new application
makes it possible for users to find information on their
computers as fast and easily as they can search the web with
"Google Desktop Search brings the power
of Google to your personal information on your own computer. As
easily as searching Google, you can instantly search your
files, local email, the web pages you have seen, and more," said
Larry Page, Google's co-founder and president of products." It's
free, installs quickly, and keeps completely up to date. Google
Desktop Search represents a quantum leap in access to your
Google Desktop Search is a lightweight, free,
downloadable application that brings Google search to information
on your computer. The application operates locally on the
user's computer, where it provides the following capabilities:
- Find email, files and more. Users
can search across their email and a wide range of files
and information such as email in Microsoft Outlook and
Outlook Express; files in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, and text; website history in Internet
Explorer; and instant message chats in AOL Instant Messenger.
- Searches fast like Google. Google.com
can search billions of web pages in a fraction of a second.
Google Desktop Search is built with the same technology,
and it can search a single hard drive in even less time.
- Easy access to desktop results via Google.com
Search. Google Desktop Search enables users to search
both their computer and the web simultaneously. When
users search through Google.com (either from the homepage
or the Google Toolbar), Google Desktop Search runs the
same search in parallel on the user's computer. If Google
Desktop Search finds relevant results, those results
are added to the Google.com search results page. This
means, users don't need to decide before they search
whether to search the web or their computer. From a single
start point, they get both.
- Fresh, dynamic results. Unlike traditional
computer search software that updates once a day, Google
Desktop Search updates continuously for most file types.
When a user downloads a new email in Outlook, for example,
it can be found within seconds using Google Desktop Search.
As with all Google products, Google Desktop
Search is designed from the ground up to respect user privacy.
When a user chooses to search simultaneously across his or
her computer and Google.com, the computer's content is not
made accessible to Google, or to anyone else, without the
user's express permission. Users can select what information
they want to have searched, and easily remove information
whenever they want.
Google Desktop Search is available at http://desktop.google.com.
It is currently available for Windows XP and Windows 2000
Service Pack 3 and above. It requires a minimum of 128MB
of RAM, and a 400MHz (or faster) Pentium processor is recommended.
Google Desktop Search is available in English today and there
are plans to make it available in other languages.
About Google Inc.
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the
world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students
Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major
global markets. Google's targeted advertising program, which is the largest
and fastest growing in the industry, provides businesses of all sizes with
measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users.
Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout North
America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.google.com.
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