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.