Google Desktop Officially Released

By Deane Barker on March 7, 2005

Google takes ‘beta’ off desktop search: What? A Google tool coming out of beta? How unlike them.

The SDK sounds very, very promising.

Google on Monday plans to introduce a full version of its desktop-search software, with a developer’s kit and support for Firefox and Netscape Web browsers.

The Mountain View, Calif., company is releasing a PC application for searching Microsoft Office documents, images, e-mail and Internet Explorer Web pages. The final version, in public beta for nearly five months, now includes search capabilities for video and music files, full PDFs and Web surfing history in three Web browsers, including the fast-growing Firefox.

It also includes a software developers kit, or SDK, so that outsiders can build new search plug-ins. Already, Google has built a plug-in to search conversations in chat software Trillian.