Finally, something from Google is out of beta!
Looks like the brutal competition in the desktop search space has forced Google to bring it’s application out of beta in a break of tradition. New features include the obvious suspects, support for PDF, and a wider variety of mail clients and browsers. There’s also support for multimedia files (audio, video and images) which can be searched for using their meta data. For all the remaining two hundred odd file types that GDS does not support when compared to Yahoo! desktop search and X1, they’ve provided an SDK, so that it’s users will come up with plugins. Very smart, considering that they’ve already covered the file types used by a majority of the market. If there really is any demand for other file types, plugins to add support are bound to come out from it’s user base. There are already some plugins available, and the Any text indexer could be quite useful.
I’ve installed GDS in it’s latest avatar as it now supports Maxthon. I’ll be using it mainly to search through my history. The excellent capability of GDS to search through web history is what is going to make life tough for services like Filangy. That’s because if you can install a toolbar as required by Filangy, instead, you might as well install GDS and enjoy the better experience.
Another reason I’m going to use GDS is because of the floating deskbar. It’s a little search bar which doesn’t hog space on the taskbar, and can be conveniently placed anywhere on the desktop. Also, the integration of desktop search results with web results, which wasn’t working earlier with Maxthon is something that should be very useful.
The next feature I’m looking forward to is the integration of Gmail with GDS. Gmail with an offline mode, searchable through GDS would be heaven for e-mailing.