Google To Launch Desktop Search Tool
from the well...-um...-of-course? dept
I assume this will surprise all of about three or four people who haven’t been paying attention, but Google is preparing to launch a desktop search tool that will let you search through your own hard drive (in exchange, I assume, for contextual ads). The press will make a big deal about this and how it’s a way for them to challenge Microsoft’s Longhorn offering, which will have greatly improved local search. I’m not sure it’s that interesting. Longhorn is so far off that it’s really not worth speculating whether or not this product actually competes with it or not. The more interesting question is, if this local search tool involves contextual ads, will the privacy folks start complaining again that Google is now snooping through your hard drive?