I just unearthed yet another Google product that has been in existence since 2009, or longer, that I had never heard of before today!
Google Desktop search sidebar
Google Desktop Search
As I was browsing around the National Public Radio (“NPR”) online site, looking for Windows 7 supported Google Gadgets this morning, I found a reference to a Google Gadget for 64-bit Windows. This led me to a blog post dated over a year earlier. Google was far ahead of me.
Google Desktop allows one to use Google search for one’s own desktop, and not be restricted to web browser search only. Apparently, Google Desktop support for 64 bit Windows was available as of July 2009!
I do not know if it applies to Windows XP, Visa and Windows 7 operating systems, as the blog post didn’t specify. If not, Windows 7 support is probably available by now.
It was no surprise to find that the official source for information about Google Desktop is the Inside Google Desktop blog on Blogger. Google is very consistent with its product coverage strategy and data governance policies!
I confirmed today that Google Desktop does support 64 bit Windows XP and Windows 7.
Google Desktop has expanded more than I realized. Google Desktop search is available for users of Linux and Mac OS X too.