Yes, we do, says Andy Beal. This one’s pretty good, according to early reviews. Release in extended entry.
Ask Jeeves Introduces Desktop Search Application
Emeryville, CA, December 15, 2004 – Ask Jeeves®, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASKJ), a
leading provider of information retrieval brands, today introduced a beta
desktop search application. Fast, relevant, and flexible, Ask Jeeves Desktop
Search(tm) makes it easy for people to find information on their computers
or the Internet. The product is available free for download at
Ask Jeeves Desktop Search helps people overcome the challenges of
information overload by enabling them to quickly and easily search the
hundreds, even thousands of files, word-processing documents, presentations,
spreadsheets, photos, music and video files, applications and email messages
on their computers.
“Ask Jeeves Desktop Search extends our world-class technologies and
user-centric approach to search beyond the Web, to the information located
on people’s computers,” said Jim Lanzone, senior vice president of search
properties at Ask Jeeves. “Ask Jeeves Desktop Search will complement our
recently-introduced MyJeeves personal search service and is an important
step in our personalization strategy. We look forward to receiving feedback
on the beta release, as we continue to develop the product in line with
Product highlights include:
– Fresh, Full-Text Index: Upon installation of the small (750K) application,
Ask Jeeves Desktop Search creates an index of the information stored on a
person’s computer. This process enables users to search by file name, as
well as by file content. The application currently supports a wide range of
file types, including Microsoft Office files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint),
simple text files, Microsoft Outlook email messages, and image, music, and
video files. Ask Jeeves Desktop Search constantly monitors the computer
(with minimal impact on system resources) for new and deleted files and
email messages to ensure the index is always kept up to date.
– Fast, Flexible Search: Like searching the Internet, users simply type key
words into a search box to let Ask Jeeves Desktop Search scour their
computer for matching results. Users can narrow their searches by selecting
categories like Office Documents, Music, Pictures, MyJeeves, News and
others, or they can sort results by a variety of parameters. Meanwhile,
controls are also provided for users to define how much of their computers
they want Ask Jeeves Desktop Search to index, as well as the speed (and thus
the amount of bandwidth devoted) with which they want it indexed.
– User-Centric Design: Ask Jeeves Desktop Search is very simple to learn and
use. The program takes search beyond the paradigm of 10 blue links and
returns results in a two-panel interface where previews are displayed for
easy review. (This is especially useful for browsing photos and email
messages.) Users will also find a search box conveniently added to common
Windows dialog boxes, such as Insert Attachment or File/Open, where the
process of finding files is frequently required.
Ask Jeeves expects to add new functionality prior to the formal launch of
the product in 2005. Some of these features include expanded support for
Outlook, integration of desktop and Web search results, and PDF support. A
Feedback menu is provided directly on the application interface to make it
easy for users to submit comments and requests for new features.
Ask Jeeves Desktop Search works with Windows 2000 or XP, Office 2000 or
higher, and Outlook 2003. The program requires a minimum of a Pentium III
computer running at 400MHz with 128 MB RAM (1 GHz and 256 MB RAM
About Ask Jeeves, Inc.
Ask Jeeves, Inc. provides consumers and advertisers with information
retrieval products across a diverse portfolio of Web sites, portals and
desktop search applications. Ask Jeeves’ search and search-based portal
brands include: Ask Jeeves (Ask.com and Ask.co.uk); Ask Jeeves Japan
(Ask.jp, a joint venture); Ask Jeeves for Kids (AJKids.com); Excite
(excite.com); iWon (iwon.com); My Search (mysearch.com); My Way (myway.com);
My Web Search (mywebsearch.com) and Teoma (teoma.com). Ask Jeeves also owns
the search technology Teoma, proprietary natural language processing
technology, as well as portal and ad serving technologies. In addition to
powering several of the Ask Jeeves brands, the Company syndicates its
technologies to help companies increase revenue through powerful search. Ask
Jeeves’ advertising division, AJinteractive, provides advertisers with
targeted tools to reach a broad base of valuable customers. Ask Jeeves, Inc.
is headquartered in Emeryville, California, with offices throughout the
United States, as well as in London, England and Dublin, Ireland. For more
information, visit http://www.Ask.com <http://www.ask.com/> or call
2 thoughts on “Ask Jeeves: Do We Need Another Desktop Search?”
Do we really? I guess we do – competition is good. Here is a summary of desktop search tools that I’m aware of:
Google Desktop Search
Yahoo’s tool from a week ago
MS tool from the other day
Interestingly enough, but not surprisingly, all apps in the last group use Lucene, as does Aduna’s AutoFocus.
That’s a lot of competition!
i downloaded the application from the above hyperlink….. and yea it looks fun…. thanks to the author 🙂