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Ask Jeeves Launches Desktop Search

Posted by geeknews at 9:19 AM on December 16, 2004

Ask Jeeves Launches Desktop Search

First Google, then MSN, now Ask Jeeves. Yahoo will be coming next month. 

The program is a standalone application. The download runs about 750kb. Future releases will see more integration with the Ask Jeeves web site. File formats searched include Microsoft Office files (Word, PowerPoint, Excel); basic text files, Microsoft Outlook (Outlook Express not available in this beta release); images, music in the MP3 format, and video files. This release only searches titles and metadata from Adobe PDF files. A search box is added to various Windows dialog boxes. This can be a time saver when trying to find files to include as email attachments. Search results feature a preview panel that provide a glimpse of documents or images without having to open the application that created the file. Preview also allows you to hear a five second clip of MP3 audio files.