Google Desktop Search (or GDS as it’s becoming known) has just been fully released. I reviewed the beta a while ago. The new version is much the same to most people, with the most notable addition being the ability to search more kinds of files. However google have included APIs for developers to create plug-ins for different filetypes to be searched by GDS, this has allowed several plug-ins to be developed already, google are hosting plug-ins which meet their standards on their site. The flip side to this is that the APIs also allow any windows programmer to access GDS to get information out of its index. So hopefully we’ll soon see programs that embed GDS inside theirselves. All this in a 700k download.
Wonder what the atmosphere is like at Microsoft right now..