Google Desktop Beta. Just installed this. Hate to sound like Google fan-boy, but it’s good.
- Integration – 9/10 (disappears into the desktop interface nicely)
- Usefulness – 7/10 (still trying to work out if it’s *that* useful)
- Speed – 7/10 (indexing kind of sluggish, no impact on day to day working though)
- Compatibility – 6/1 (breaks some stuff – see below – but seems OK)
- Community – 8/10 (plug-ins good)
Comments: Breaks TruImage, needs more upfront explanation of the various desktop panel options, but the integrated desktop and web search is very very cool. Also neat is the growing plug-in community, providing lots of additional functionality like the SoonR mobile phone integration. My copy of Copernic is now under real threat unless I find something nasty in this Beta. Will keep you updated.