Puffin is Coming

By Deane Barker on May 19, 2004

Google ready for clash with Microsoft: Google is planning to release a client search tool for indexing files and such on your machine.

Google’s software, which is expected to be introduced soon, according to several people with knowledge of the company’s plans, is the clearest indication to date that the company, based in Mountain View, Calif., hopes to extend its search business to compete directly with Microsoft’s control of desktop computing.

It’s code-named “Puffin,” which I really hope is going to change before release. This report goes on to hype the looming Google – Microsoft battle by saying that:

[Longhorn] … will have a redesigned file system, making it possible to track and retrieve information in ways not currently possible with Windows software.

Oh. but it won’t, making Google’s plans all the more timely. Redmond may have unwittingly surrendered a market here.