Will Vista's search upend Google Desktop?

Will Vista's search upend Google Desktop?

Summary: Is Vista's desktop search good enough to supplant Google's Desktop search? Apparently the Vista search bandwagon is filling up.

TOPICS: Windows

Is Vista's desktop search good enough to supplant Google's Desktop search? Apparently the Vista search bandwagon is filling up.

In a research note dated Feb. 26, Global Equities analyst Trip Chowdhry said his informal consumer checks indicate that new Vista users "like the interface and accuracy of Microsoft Desktop Search. They were using Google Desktop search before."

Chowdhry's comments echo some of the ZDNet reviewers who have cited Vista search as an advantage. For instance, George Ou calls Vista search the new operating system's killer feature.

Ou reports: "I find myself using the search feature tens of times all through the day when I had hardly used search more than once a week on Windows XP."

Ed Bott reports:

Yes, you have lots of third-party desktop search options for Windows XP. I've tried them all and never found one that was reliable enough for daily use. What makes Vista's search so useful is the fact that it's integrated directly into the operating system, so you can search in the Start menu, in Control Panel, in Explorer windows, and in common dialog boxes. I miss this capability most when I sit down at a Windows XP machine and try to find a specific Control Panel option. It also just works. I haven't had to rebuild indexes or mess with search settings on any Vista PCs in my office.

Chowdhry's comments in the Feb. 26 note were similar to those made a few days earlier. The difference this time is that Google Desktop Search potentially losing share to Vista is put into a broader perspective of negatives the analyst compiled. He argues that Google shares are pricey because the company's new initiatives--notably Answers, Metro WiFi and Froogle--are failing to get traction. Google Web search dominance remains.

It's unclear how large Chowdhry's sample size was or whether his early thesis about Google Desktop Search losing to Vista is valid. But given the comments from Bott and Ou it's clear that Vista's desktop search has some mojo and merits watching.

Chowdhry also adds that Google Maps may suffer from the launch of Vista. "Microsoft is moving fast to adopt and deliver Web 2.0 products and technologies. Contacts tell us that Microsoft has included Atlas Toolkit, including Microsoft's Virtual Earth API's in Visual Studio to ease development of Web 2.0 Mashups," said Chowdhry.

The overall thesis is that people who used Google Gadgets on XP will start using Microsoft's Vista gadgets.

Topic: Windows

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  • Honestly, I think users will migrate

    over time. Face it, having it in the OS and available from any where in any app is handy and as people start using it they will forget about Google.

    Will it take time? Sure it will, but then the switch from WordPerfect to Word took time. This is something MS is used to and can handle well.
    • Since when did YOU become honest?

    • Not sure about the honesty factor

      but he's right.
  • Vista's search works well for me...

    I've used both MS and Google desktop search in XP, and they both suck compared to Vista's desktop search.

    Vista search isn't perfect, espeially the interface built into the explorer shell, needs a little work, but it works, and its fast, plus there will be a TON of enhancements comming from 3rd parties as it has an open and extensible API.

    I'm using Vista's search all the time and its working for me.
  • There is a much bigger reason it should win out

    I don't want my indexed data living on Google servers, period. Esp. when I only wanted to index my desktop. That is not acceptable but a fact for anyone using Google's desktop with indexing turned on. <br>
    Just say no to Google going after your personal information. They are trying get you locked into hosting your personal data by hiding these things in fine print.
  • Don't forget the critical Google flaws


    You also have the issue of worrying some user might allow corporate data to leak out to the web with Google desktop.
  • Honestly, I think Microsoft won't use their monopoly profits ..

    to get into another market! It can take a decade and Microsoft can continue to chip away because they are 'granted' this monopoly where they make 75 cents for every dollar of revenue! And recording artists are poor because???? They make what, 2 cents for every dollar?

    Monopolies are bad because prices are high and get higher and the consumer is none the wiser.
    • Tell that to Apple

      Maybe we could get them to drop the price of their PC, or open OSX to work on machines from Dell, HP, IBM..
      John Zern
  • Search Folders....

    when the heck is google going to embrace search folders? not just in google desktop but Gmail.

    They lost me.

    M$ must be doing something right these days. Their Virtual Earth mapping software in most areas of comparison kicks the you know what out of google maps. VE has 3D which for now at least clearly isn't as robust as Google Earth, but yet again it doesn't require a fat, hog of a client to do many of the same things. But wait don't take my word for it. Just look @ www.weather.com and their newly revamping radar image that lo and behold rides on top of VE. Don't worry google, even with the much deeper intergration of search into OS, M$ isn't going to steal away much more than 5-8% of your search business in the next couple of years.
  • I will never know

    I currently run XP Pro on my (3) computers. When it is no longer supported or functional, I will switch to MAC - I am simply unwilling to put up with/further support Microsoft's shennigans.

    I was a long time Wordperfect user who had to migrate to Word based on a corporate standard (no longer there so it is a moot point) For me, Word has never achieved the functionality that I enjoyed with Wordperfect - a prime example of how Microsoft uses the dominance of their operating system to replace good programs with junk. As an example, I have never found in Word the equivalent of Wordperfect's simple "reveal codes" command which would open a second window and allow me to see what it was that was making my text do unwanted things.