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.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.
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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, eWEEK.com Security Topic Center Editor, contributed to this report.
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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.