Platform: Windows XP
Number of downloads: 530
Yahoo is the latest company to enter the desktop search market, and this beta release looks promising.
You can search over 300 file types, including email, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, instant messaging, PDF, music, images and text files. These are the basic file types, which can be expanded to over 300 via an optional expansion pack.
Searching emails is limited to Outlook, Outlook Express and Thunderbird clients, however.
Frustratingly, just like many other desktop search tools, the company has a bias towards its own products. For example, you can search your Yahoo Messenger conversations, but not MSN or AIM.
Indexing of files is continuous, and the search results are returned quickly. Results are displayed in the left-hand window, while every file can be previewed (complete with formatting) in the right-hand window, including music and video.