Microsoft released the final version of Windows Desktop Search (previously called MSN Desktop Search), just in time for me to give it up.
I wrote a while back that it beats Google Desktop, hands-down. It still does. Google thinks of your hard disk as if it’s the Web, while Windows Desktop Search thinks of it as what it is, a hard disk, and so gives you many more searching options.
Like Windows Desktop Search, it recognizes that your hard disk is a hard disk, and so gives you many ways to find the exact file or email you’re looking for. It can also search mapped network drives. The interface is much cleaner and easier to use than Windows Desktop Search. And the deciding factor, for me, is that unlike Windows Desktop Search, it’s not a resource hog. You won’t even notice it’s there.
That being said, it’s not perfect. It won’t search through OneNote, something I hope will be fixed eventually. And it leaves out some of Windows Desktop Search’s niftier features, but only a few of them. But those are small prices to pay.
So for now, at least, Copernic is the one I use. How about you? Let me know your favorites.
Tell me which desktop search tool you use most.