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Old 01-11-2005, 04:03 PM   #1

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Default Yahoo Desktop Search Beta

There has been talk about Yahoo entering the desktop search battle. They have now done it with the beta release.

Details are in the article below.

This story was printed from silicon.com, located at http://www.silicon.com

Yahoo! dives in to desktop search
Stefanie Olsen
CNET News.com
January 11, 2005

Yahoo! on Tuesday became the latest major internet company to introduce consumer software for searching email and other desktop files.

In December, the internet portal announced it would soon begin testing desktop search technology, which it has licensed from Pasadena, California-based X1 Technologies. On Tuesday, the company officially entered the market with a free download from its website.

Yahoo! has put its stake in the desktop-search ground following rivals Microsoft, Google and Ask Jeeves, which all did so late last year. The market has become a hot field of innovation, promising to engender new consumer loyalty on the PC and pave a new road for delivering personalised advertising.

Analysts say the desktop is also viable turf for the competing search players to stand out with consumers, in what is now largely a level playing field of web search.

Chris Sherman, an editor at industry website SearchDay, said: "Desktop search is becoming a price of entry for the major players. Everybody's doing it so everyone has to do it, otherwise they risk losing users."

Yahoo!'s new software is designed for the PC to work as a companion toolbar on Microsoft's Outlook and Outlook Express email programs, or separately on the desktop. The application makes roughly 200 file types - including music, photos and PDFs - searchable.

Unlike rival applications, Yahoo!'s software lets people sort and refine query results within seconds by merely typing a letter or two into one of several linear search boxes, which include file size, name and date/time. Sherman said the sorting feature is stronger than what's available through MSN or Google. One downside, however, is that Yahoo! has yet to incorporate web search into the desktop search features, he said. (The beta will launch a browser to perform a web search.)

But Yahoo! promises advancement. "The beta lets us explore the abundance of opportunities to linking up users' personal data as it exists on Yahoo! to their desktop search experience," said Bradley Horowitz, director of media and desktop search. "It will expand in short order."

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