They removed all relevant pages linking to downloads from their site. Google cache. [google.ca]
Using that, the files to download are still available:
Get it quick. Archive.org doesn't have them.
[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 12:44 pm (utc) on Oct. 21, 2004]
[edit reason] delinked the direct link to the exe's [/edit]
I downloaded lookout just a few days and have been vert impressed, particularly on email searches. I've used X1 and although it's good it takes a while to load up and clogs up memory too much when indexing.
Lookout works a treat. For those who want more competition in the market, I guess the only hope now is Google's desktop offering.
FYI after you install one of the versions above they will automatically contact the lookoutsoft server and offer to upgrade you to 1.2, a Microsoft version "with a new UI". I can't do it from work, so it must use a special port.
I've said it in public - I'll say it again...
Time to start working on strategies to optimise all your email correspondence.
A whole new revenue stream for me!
Here's the press release from MS:
Personal Search Tool for Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 Is Added to MSN Search Arsenal [microsoft.com]
Interesting that this happens only a few days after Yahoo! buys Oddpost [webmasterworld.com]
With Oddpost being the "Web based Outlook" i feel these two moves are more directed at Gmail than at Search.
I should add that Mike Belshe and Eric Hahn of Lookout are both ex-Netscape, Eric has even been chief developer, according to the Danish edition of Computerworld.
Ok, what do you suspect the purchase price was?
I mean, golly, this software is based almost completely on the .NET port of Apache Lucene. I use it all the time, its really great, but its not that complex.
My guess is 250-500K up front, plus a nice deal for the founders in MSFT options and a salary and a corner office in redmond... More than that, they could have built this thing in a short amount of time (without the Apache license attached everywhere).
That's funny. When I open Microsoft Outlook, I always think "Lookout!"
Is this an indication of how far their desktop search initiative has progressed?
It's a good move but it makes you wonder how far behind they are in Redmond.
Yeah, maybe the MSN search tech preview really IS that bad.
Perhaps they are just wiping out competition before releasing their own product?
I thought the thread title was:
"Microsoft buys LookSmart"
and I all most fell off my chair laughing.
Funny how the MSN butterfly flies on their logo.
I demo'ed the product before the press release. I uninstalled it because its still kind of buggy and the presentation of results is not very easy to sort through. Still needs a lot of work. Personally, if Microsoft were to buy anyone it should have been Caelo's Nelson Email Organizer.
You can now download LookOut from Microsoft's website: