Google Desktop is a nice piece of software that combines a good local search engine, with web search and some useful sidebar gadgets (or panels, like Google likes to call them).
Unfortunately for Google, the new Windows Vista will include most of these features:
* Windows Search. As you edit and create files in your filesystem, based on settings, it will index your files automatically in the background, making search easier and faster.
* Windows Sidebar. It includes support for Desktop Gadgets, you can download from the Microsoft Gadgets homepage.
* Windows Live Toolbar. Although Internet Explorer 7 will include a search box, Windows might push the Live Toolbar as a nice addition for the browser to boost MSN Search (rebranded as Live Search) share. The toolbar will integrate with the desktop search and the Live products.
So unless Google Desktop reinvents itself, it will be completely useless in Windows Vista which will become the default operating system in the next couple of years.
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