Monday, May 23, 2005

X1 Introduces X1™ Team Edition

Team Edition brings secure, easy to deploy desktop search to small and medium-sized businesses

X1 Technologies, Inc., a recognized leader in desktop search solutions, today announced the immediate availability of X1 Team Edition, a powerful desktop search tool designed for small and medium-sized companies whose employees have a need to quickly find information in their email, attachments, files or network drives. Along with the award-winning X1 Desktop client, Team Edition includes the X1 Deployment Manager for easy administration and deployment of the individual desktop installations.

"Users in small and medium sized businesses require specific features such as additional security, deployment and administration tools beyond what free desktop search solutions provide," said Josh Jacobs, president of X1 Technologies. "Likewise, they typically do not require the advanced centralized indexing and sever components available in enterprise desktop search products. Therefore, we're extremely pleased to provide these users with a secure, cost effective desktop search solution that has been specifically developed to meet their needs."

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Google Upgrades Desktop Search for the Enterprise

New Desktop Search Application Offers Administrative Controls and
Integration with IBM Lotus Notes

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - May 18, 2005 - Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG)
today announced Google Desktop Search for Enterprise. This free
downloadable application enables companies to provide employees with
the ability to search for information on their computers with the same
quality experience they've come to expect from Google.com. Based on
Google's popular desktop search application for consumers, Google
Desktop Search for Enterprise adds new enterprise-level security,
configuration and deployment controls, as well as the ability to search
the full text of IBM Lotus Notes messages.

"Finding information quickly in business is more than a convenience
- it's a necessity," said Dave Girouard, general manager of
Google's enterprise business. "With the addition of Google Desktop
Search for Enterprise, businesses of all sizes can offer their
employees one-stop Google search for the desktop, intranet, or web."

Through a collaborative effort between Google and IBM, the new Google
Desktop Search for Enterprise provides simple, fast search across Lotus
Notes messages.

"E-mail has evolved beyond messaging into a tool where people manage
their activities and store critical business information," said Ken
Bisconti, vice president of Workplace, Portal and Collaboration
Software, IBM. "With Google Desktop Search for the Enterprise, we
are giving more than 118 million Lotus Notes users greater flexibility
in searching for critical business information stored on their
desktop."

Google Desktop Search for Enterprise delivers high quality search
results, one-stop search, simple deployment and a series of new
features designed specifically to meet the needs of corporate
environments.

One-Stop Searching for Employees
- Search desktop files, the corporate intranet and global Internet all
from one search box
- Instantly find vital corporate email, files, web history, even
instant messages
- View web pages visited, even when not online

Centralized Administration and Security for the Enterprise
- Administer control of all configuration settings. For example,
restrict the indexing of secure sites, specific file types, or
particular domains
- Test and validate new software versions before deploying
- Support for index encryption to protect the search index from
unauthorized access

Easy Deployment for Everyone
- Free download and unlimited, enterprise-wide use
- Easy centralized deployment via the industry-standard installer
- Centrally managed software update administration

In addition to Lotus Notes, Google Desktop Search is the first desktop
search tool to access the full text of a user\'s web page history and
the only one to search AOL instant messages. Google works with most
popular email clients, most popular file types (including text, Word,
Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, MP3, image, audio, and video files) and web
pages viewed using popular browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox,
Mozilla and Netscape).

Integration with Google Search Appliance
Google Desktop Search for Enterprise also offers full integration with
the Google Search Appliance and Google Mini to deliver search results
and convenient one-stop-searching from the desktop, intranet and Google.com.

Google Desktop Search for Enterprise is free and available at www.gogle.com
An optional premium support package is available, which includes access to information and assistance from Google experts, guaranteed response time on requests,
One-Stop Searching for Employees
- Search desktop files, the corporate intranet and global Internet all
from one search box
- Instantly find vital corporate email, files, web history, even
instant messages
- View web pages visited, even when not online

Centralized Administration and Security for the Enterprise
- Administer control of all configuration settings. For example,
restrict the indexing of secure sites, specific file types, or
particular domains
- Test and validate new software versions before deploying
- Support for index encryption to protect the search index from
unauthorized access

Easy Deployment for Everyone
- Free download and unlimited, enterprise-wide use
- Easy centralized deployment via the industry-standard installer
- Centrally managed software update administration

In addition to Lotus Notes, Google Desktop Search is the first desktop
search tool to access the full text of a user's web page history and
the only one to search AOL instant messages. Google works with most
popular email clients, most popular file types (including text, Word,
Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, MP3, image, audio, and video files) and web
pages viewed using popular browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox,
Mozilla and Netscape).

Integration with Google Search Appliance
Google Desktop Search for Enterprise also offers full integration with
the Google Search Appliance and Google Mini to deliver search results
and convenient one-stop-searching from the desktop, intranet and
Google.com.

Google Desktop Search for Enterprise is free and available at www.google.com An optional premium support
package is available, which includes access to information and
assistance from Google experts, guaranteed response time on requests,
and escalation for critical issues.

Monday, May 16, 2005

MIcrosoft Upgrades Desktop Search

Microsoft Delivers Powerful Upgrade to Desktop Search Capability for Windows Customers

Searching just got smarter with launch of MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search.

REDMOND, Wash. -- May 16, 2005 -- The MSN® network of Internet services today launched the new MSN Search Toolbar with Windows® Desktop Search, a suite of tools that helps people rapidly search across the Web or their PC and provides easy access to world-leading MSN services. The final version of the MSN Search Toolbar includes free enhancements for Windows® 2000 and Windows XP customers, providing a dramatically upgraded desktop search experience. These new innovations for Windows customers will make it easier than ever to find and retrieve documents, e-mail, images, video and more on their Windows-based personal computers.

"By offering the most integrated desktop search capabilities for Windows, now people can search their PC as fast as they can search the Web," said Yusuf Mehdi, senior vice president for the MSN Information Services & Merchant Platform division at Microsoft. "The new MSN Search Toolbar makes it easy for customers to find precisely what they're looking for, no matter where it resides."

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Informative Article about Microsoft and Google


Google is building apps that are easier to use then Microsoft's, this could cause users to leave windows based applications. While Google has been successful in web search it is having a difficult time moving past search advertising as the only revenue source.

The battle has begun..........

With Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and AOL, spending hundreds of millions on innovations, the users will bennefit from the competition.


GATES VS. GOOGLE

Search and Destroy
Bill Gates is on a mission to build a Google killer. What got him so riled? The darling of search is moving into software—and that's Microsoft's turf.
By Fred Vogelstein

Microsoft was already months into A massive project aimed at taking down Google when the truth began to dawn on Bill Gates. It was December 2003. He was poking around on the Google company website and came across a help-wanted page with descriptions of all the open jobs at Google. Why, he wondered, were the qualifications for so many of them identical to Microsoft job specs? Google was a web search business, yet here on the screen were postings for engineers with backgrounds that had nothing to do with search and everything to do with Microsoft's core business—people trained in things like operating-system design, compiler optimization, and distributed-systems architecture. Gates wondered whether Microsoft might be facing much more than a war in search. An e-mail he sent to a handful of execs that day said, in effect, "We have to watch these guys. It looks like they are building something to compete with us."

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Monday, May 02, 2005

Desktop Search Tools - Enterprise Considerations

Items to consider when choosing a Desktop Search Tool for something other then personal use.

Security

Most of the Desktop Search Tools on the market today are intended for a single user in a non shared environment. It is not recommended to put a desktop search tool on a shared machine unless it is disclosed to all users that everything is being indexed. This could present an issue with PC's in public areas. The reason is that with some Desktop Search Tools can index all files, websites, and documents are indexed and could be accessible by all of the users of that PC.

If a PC is lost or stolen then the thief can find a users information more quickly unless access to the Desktop Search Tool and the index is better secured,

Securing Desktop Search Tools should be done by creating a policy to educate users, creating protective around the index, and managing the index properly.

Complete Article