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Desktop search engines index and search the files on one's own computer.
Desktop Search Tools:
- Apple is showing a new desktop search in its "Tiger" beta of Mac OS X (10.4).
- Ask Jeeves acquired Tukaroo, a desktop search tool.
- Blinkx - local files and related web/news search
- DiskMETA - personal desktop search engine
- dtSearch Desktop - has many years of experience providing search on personal computers, workstations, local network as well as the dtSearch Web product.
- Enfish - dashboard search for email, local documents, intranet, internet.
- FILEhand - local file search, displays extracts, search by word, phrase or Boolean
- Marc's Outlook review of FILEhand, very positive
- Google is planning to release a desktop search tool.
- Hotbot Desktop - Lycos has released a browser based desktop search that reportedly has customizable indexing, and makes use of RSS feeds. The local file search is based on dtSearch.
- Microsoft plans on integrating better search into its new operating systems.
- Lookout - searches local files and Outlook messages, bought by Microsoft, July 2004.
- Readware's ConSearch - This is a tool that automatically indexes your desktop contents and makes it searchable for you.
- X1 Search - searches files, email messages and attachments, shows context.
- Marc's Outlook review of x1, very positive
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