Hands-on with new Google Desktop for Mac beta

Apple Store“Google Desktop has finally made its way to the Mac. Almost two and a half years after the initial introduction of the Google Desktop search beta for Windows, the desktop searching tool will be available as a beta for OS X users today,” Jacqui Cheng reports for Ars Technica.

Cheng reports, “Like both Spotlight (built into OS X 10.4) and the third-party utility Quicksilver, Google Desktop offers users the ability perform an indexed search of their entire computer’s contents, including applications, music, photos, chat logs, e-mail, and other documents.”

“In addition to what’s stored on the hard drive, however, Google Desktop also allows users to index their Gmail from Google’s servers as well as the contents of their web search history, so that a copy is always accessible to them, even when the computer is no longer connected to the Internet,” Cheng reports.

Cheng reports, “The beta period for Google Desktops for the Mac will likely last about three months in order to get user feedback. The Google team says that it plans to eventually bring all Google Desktop features to the Mac, which they estimate to happen sometime within the next six months.”

Full article here.

Related article:
Google releases Google Desktop for Mac beta – April 04, 2007

21 Comments

  1. I love the fact that Spotlight is made by the makers of the Operating system to which it so tightly integrates. Why would I want to risk stability of my system to install something that duplicates what I already have? Bizarre move Google. Bizarre.

  2. Spotlight works good enough for me.

    First time I ever used it, it was trial by fire.
    Boss looming over my shoulder asks “Do you still have that document about [blah, blah, blah] from 1996? The VP wants it.”
    Me: [Inner panic grips heart: WTF is it—Then I remembered SPOTLIGHT!!! {typetypetype} List pops up: “Of course, here it is!” Boss leaves in impressed state of mind… Me: “THANK YOU STEVE!!”

  3. Why doesn’t Google put effort into creating a Google experience for Mac that syncs all of their Web products to Apple products:
    gMail=Mail
    docs, spreadsheet, etc.=NeoOffice
    gCalendar=iCal

    Forget about Googel on the desktop. More space for indexing on my hard drive?? No thanks.

    Another product to watch out for will be Adobe Apollo. Sorry Adobe. But Sherlock does some of this already, and I want Adobe FAR from my desktop.

  4. Question: is their a way to put a list of all my applications in the menubar, perhaps under the apple menu in a sub-folder called “Applications”? It seems like that would be the quickest and easiest way to launch programs when they’re not in the dock and when I’m too lazy to type into spotlight.

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