As you get megabytes and megabytes of files on your computer, invariably you need help finding where things are. Even those of us who organize information very well can’t possibly know where EVERYTHING is.
Microsoft has a search tool that comes with Windows (98 and on) but it’s limited and offers no indexing.
Reuters writes Privately held Copernic Technologies on Tuesday released free desktop search software ahead of expected offerings from Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT – news) and others in a move some see as a test of the product’s market viability.
The new sector is getting ever more crowded with small players such as Blinkx, dtSearch, X1, Terra Lycos’ HotBot, and Enfish all appearing headed for a face-off with players such as Apple Computer Inc. (Nasdaq:AAPL – news) and Google Inc. (Nasdaq:GOOG – news).
Desktop search software, as opposed to Web search, promises to help personal computer users quickly find information or other items on their desktops by searching e-mail and files.
“The demand, the usage has been on a roll. Goodness knows we need every ‘finding’ tool we can possibly get,” said Susan Feldman, a vice president at technology research firm IDC.
Nevertheless, Feldman said it’s not yet clear how companies in the nascent market will make money.
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