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4. The Web > 45. Google Your Desktop

Google Your Desktop

Google your desktop and the rest of your filesystem, mailbox, and instant messenger conversations—even your browser cache.

Not content to help you find things just on the Internet, Google takes on that teetering pile on your desktop—your computer’s desktop, that is.

The Google Desktop (http://desktop.google.com) is your own private little Google server. It sits in the background, slogging through your files and folders, indexing your incoming and outgoing email messages, listening in on your instant messenger chats, and browsing the Web right along with you. Just about anything you see and summarily forget, the Google Desktop sees and memorizes: it’s like a photographic memory for your computer.

And it operates in real time.


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