The new Google Desktop Search goes a long way toward solving the problems of the first version. There’s a small client this time around, rather than it being purely browser-based, for a start. Better yet, it integrates directly into Outlook, so you can do lightning-fast searches from within the email program.
It still suffers from a basic problem, though — it treats your PC as if it were the Web, and so you can’t do basic things such as search within folders. So I now use two search programs, Google Desktop Search, and Copernic Desktop Search. For quick-and-dirty email searches, I use Google. I use Copernic for everything else.
Google Talk is not as useful a piece of software as Google Desktop Search. It’s a spare-looking chat program, and it handles voice communications particularly well. It lets you communicate with others who use Google Talk, and clients that use the Jabber/XMPPP protocol, such as GAIM.
The problem is that most of the world doesn’t use Google Talk or Jabber/XMPPP — people primarily use AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, or Yahoo Messenger. And Google Talk won’t talk to those programs.
Until it does, it’ll remain a nice but not particularly useful program. The rumor mill says Google Talk will eventually become a universal messenger to talk to AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger. For now, though, it won’t. And so for now, a better bet is Trillian, which is a true universal messenger. Once Google talks to them all, it’ll be a winner, though.
What do you think of Google Talk and Google Desktop Search?