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Yahoo hopes to leapfrog Microsoft by releasing a tool that allows users to quickly and easily search for information on their PCs as well as in their personal files stored at Yahoo's online services, a source familiar with the plan says.
(Just filling in the gap... ) :)
[edited by: DaveAtIFG at 9:09 pm (utc) on Aug. 6, 2004]
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After all, MS ain't the only game in town anymore...just ask Hewlett-Packard and Sony.
I hope one of the major players can release one that fetches relevant results using a simple interface.
The governments of Brazil, China, and many others are currently migrating to Linux to reduce licensing and maintenance costs. If everyone makes an MS-only desktop search tool...how do you think that will affect the perpetuation of the MS near-monopoly and how much more difficult will it be to wean away from their current hegemony?
(BTW: I use V - The File Viewer, a shareware app that does a fantastic job of searching any kind of file, including binary files and mailboxes, on my hard drive. [fileviewer.com....] If there is text to find, it will find it. I use Mozilla Firefox web browser with all of the major engines included in its search function, so I can search globally without being limited to one particular engine. These seem like more complete solutions than any one provided by a MS or a Yahoo, where their motivation is to limit us to their affiliates and the ensuing advertising.)
Please, help me here I am at a loss.
What will this mean for my future PC organisation?
I think the only people who would find it are those that aren't particularly adept with a PC in the first place. The sort who don't know how to partition and end up with a monstrous C:\ with a mish-mash of folders all over the place and no rhyme or reason as to where they place their files. Sometimes when sifting through the HDDs on my friends' PCs I'm about ready to have a nervous breakdown trying to make sense of where they keep their stuff. >_<