“The browser wars may be over, but the battle of the search engines is just heating up. Apple Computer early this week demonstrated a search engine, due next year, that will let Mac users quickly comb the contents of their computers for hard-to-find items such as photos and E-mails. Apple says the technology will give it a lead on similar functionality Microsoft plans to include in its next version of Windows, code-named Longhorn. ‘It’s easier to find something from among a billion Web pages with Google than it is to find something on your hard disk,’ Apple CEO Steve Jobs said at a developers conference in San Francisco this week,” Aaron Ricadela reports for InformationWeek.
“Microsoft is developing a new file system for Longhorn, which is due in 2006 at the earliest, that could make searching a variety of sources easier… In an upgrade to its OS X operating system, code-named Tiger and due next year, Apple plans to release technology called Spotlight that can scan a Mac’s file system, plus indexes of documents’ contents and metadata about their authorship and attributes. At the San Francisco developers conference, Jobs demonstrated Spotlight searches for Office documents, E-mails, address-book entries, Adobe PDF files, and images,” Ricadela reports.
“The ability to quickly find images will become more important as use of Macs and PCs to manage photos and videos grows,” Ricadela reports. “‘Neither Apple nor Microsoft has said that this global hard-drive search is trivial,’ says Tim Bajarin, president of consulting company Creative Strategies. ‘But it is clear if Apple delivers Tiger in the first half of ’05, they’re going to have quite a lead on Longhorn in that area.'”
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MacDailyNews Note: 2006? Microsoft’s ever-slipping, vaporous Windows “Longhorn” could be delayed until 2008 or 2009, according to Gartner. “Longwait” might have been a better codename. Moo.