Google Desktop is a discontinued computer program with desktop search capabilities created for Microsoft Windows environment. It was launched in 2004 and discontinued in 2011. According to Google, they witnessed some big changes in how users store and access their own data.
Of course, they launched multiple web-based application and they wanted their user base to move to those apps. However, even with the multiple cloud apps, users do not feel comfortable in storing all their data, documents, files and emails in the cloud especially with Google.
There will always be a need for users who want to keep their data private and that’s where a traditional desktop search comes in. It will allow users to search theirs own PCs for emails, files, music, photos, movies and much more.
When it comes to Desktop Search, there is only a few alternatives that are still being updated. The two that comes to my head are Copernic Desktop Search and X1 Search.
Last week, I was talking with some colleagues about how they organize their files & emails to be the most effective. Everybody had their small tricks to stay organized on their PC. However, like most of us, our company architecture would like us to have all our documents on network drives in case “something” happens.
Before having a centralized environment, we could stay organized in our little environments. Now, we need to follow a corporate structures and our document architecture is influenced by many users.
It is a lot more harder to keep an organized document structure with so many users acting on those files saved on network drives.
There is two alternatives:
- Use a small desktop search which allows you to search network drives which cost around 50$ per license if we look at the various alternatives in the market such as Copernic Desktop Search or X1. There are a few free alternatives but most of them you can’t use in a commercial environment.
- Use an enterprise search engines which needs to be purchased by the IT department which means a very long implementation.
What alternative is used in your organization?
X1 Desktop has been in the Desktop Search market for many years but it focuses more on the big enterprises with the integration for Citrix environments. With X1 taking the Virtual Edition route, it leaves the typical Desktop Search product to become a server search engine.
X1 offers the same interface as before with the ability to use filters on search results (it clutters the interface a little bit), a real-time indexing and the ability to preview your documents without opening the native application.
With version 8, X1 has removed some capability we saw in the past such as social media but added new features such as an integration with Sharepoint. However, the integration is not complete as X1 queries the Sharepoint search engine and returns the results into X1 interface.
Is X1 Search 8 moving into the right direction where most enterprise moving into the cloud also? Only time will tell us!
You can give it a try for 14 days.
Let me know what you think