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By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2005-03-07 Print this article Print

Along with launching Google Desktop Search, the company is making about 10 plug-ins available on Monday. They include one Google developed for indexing instant-messaging sessions from the Trillian IM client and another from ScanSoft Inc. to make the full text of scanned documents such as faxes searchable using OCR (optical character recognition) technology, Bhatla said. Bhatla said he expects hundreds of more plug-ins to be available in the next few weeks as developers experiment with desktop search.
To let developers create plug-ins, Google is making a COM interface available for connecting into the Windows-based application, Bhatla said. Developers, which could include enterprises, individuals and vendors, will be able submit their plug-ins for posting on the Google Desktop Search plug-in Web site.
Google also has addressed some of the security concerns around its beta desktop search application. That version would index the contents of password-protected Microsoft Office documents and make the contents available to users without the password. In Version 1.0, according to Google, password-protected documents are not indexed. Click here to read more about desktop search and corporate security. Bhatla noted that Google Desktop Search acts as a backup system in addition to an indexing system, since it makes copies of the data it indexes. For instance, if users cannot open their mail client they can still access stored messages through the application. Google Desktop Search is available as a free download and runs on Windows XP or Windows 2000 Service Pack 3. Larry Seltzer, Security Topic Center Editor, contributed to this report. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on enterprise search technology.

Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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