Slick Results

By Larry Seltzer  |  Posted 2004-10-18 Print this article Print

The results appear as a Google page, including e-mail results. As a slick bonus, entries for Web pages found in the cache also have a thumbnail image of the Web page itself.

The results for Outlook e-mail searches are also slick, although not as convenient as some alternatives. I use a different product for Outlook called Lookout by Lookout Software, recently acquired by Microsoft. Lookout works reasonably well, but is Outlook-only. On the other hand, the search facility works within Outlook using Outlook facilities. So, the results list is a sortable list of messages; you can sort on the folder, date, etc. GDS results are a Google-style browser list.

Read more here about Microsofts purchase of Lookout Software.
Dont get me wrong, GDS looks like it does everything it could do from a browser, more than youd think possible. When you view a message, it includes links to view it in Outlook, reply or reply to all. Most of these links take you right into context in Outlook itself. I presume it works similarly in Outlook Express, but I didnt test that. I use Outlook 2003.

GDS lacks some other features that Id expect as Google refines it, such as the ability to search within the result set. The sorting facilities arent as slick as Lookouts (or some other products), but there is the ability to sort results by date as opposed to the default "relevance" (as determined by Google),and you can view just files or e-mails or Web history or chats.

So, GDS isnt quite as powerful on second glance as it is on first.

Next page: Privacy and mixed search results.

Larry Seltzer has been writing software for and English about computers ever since—,much to his own amazement—,he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

He was one of the authors of NPL and NPL-R, fourth-generation languages for microcomputers by the now-defunct DeskTop Software Corporation. (Larry is sad to find absolutely no hits on any of these +products on Google.) His work at Desktop Software included programming the UCSD p-System, a virtual machine-based operating system with portable binaries that pre-dated Java by more than 10 years.

For several years, he wrote corporate software for Mathematica Policy Research (they're still in business!) and Chase Econometrics (not so lucky) before being forcibly thrown into the consulting market. He bummed around the Philadelphia consulting and contract-programming scenes for a year or two before taking a job at NSTL (National Software Testing Labs) developing product tests and managing contract testing for the computer industry, governments and publication.

In 1991 Larry moved to Massachusetts to become Technical Director of PC Week Labs (now eWeek Labs). He moved within Ziff Davis to New York in 1994 to run testing at Windows Sources. In 1995, he became Technical Director for Internet product testing at PC Magazine and stayed there till 1998.

Since then, he has been writing for numerous other publications, including Fortune Small Business, Windows 2000 Magazine (now Windows and .NET Magazine), ZDNet and Sam Whitmore's Media Survey.

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