Using Google to Search Your Own Machine

The New York Times has an article (registration required) about a piece of software Google is rumored to be about to release which will be capable of searching your local machine, either instead of, or in addition to, the Web. According to the article, it’s a defensive move to try to keep Microsoft from taking over the search industry by integrating search functionality into the OS like they did the browser back in the Netscape days. Of course, with the way Longhorn keeps getting postponed, it might 2010 before we see any such technology, but I certainly applaud Google’s proactive thinking.